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The Beatles set for iTunes debut?

Story by Jack Foley

THE Beatles back catalogue could finally become available on Apple’s iTunes Music Store now that a deal has been agreed between Apple Inc and Apple Corps.

A dispute has been raging for the past 25 years over the name and logo of the band, which is owned by Apple Corps, the Beatles’ record company.

The agreement means that Apple Inc, the company behind Apple Mac computers and the iPod, will now take control of the brand name, although they will licence specific individual trademarks back to Apple Corps.

The full terms of the agreement remain confidential but it’s thought that deal may enable The Beatles’ music to finally be made available via Apple’s iTunes Music Store – making a return to the charts a distinct possibility now that rules have been changed.

In a statement released by Apple Corps, manager Neil Aspinall said: “It’s great to put this dispute behind us and move on. The years ahead are going to be very exciting times for us.”

Steve Jobs, chief executive of Apple Inc, added: “We love The Beatles and it has been painful being at odds with them over these trademarks.”