Beatles iPod getting closer?

Nearly two and a half years after my initial post, a Beatles iPod may not be that far off any more:

“The Beatles have settled a £30 million row over royalty payments with record company EMI, clearing the final obstacle to the release of the band’s entire back catalogue over the internet, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

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Executives at the group’s company Apple Corps Ltd and EMI can now sit down and work out a new royalties deal to cover music downloads of their hit singles and albums by websites like iTunes.”

About time, I’d say. UK copyright is good for 50 years – if the Beatles don’t want to share Sir Cliff’s pain, they’d better make sure that product hits the market soon.