Wednesday, August 15, 2007

John Lennon downloads on iTunes

E! News

Apple just scored some instant karma with John Lennon fans.

The company's iTunes Store began selling the late Beatle's solo catalog on Tuesday, the first time Lennon's work has been available via the Internet's most popular digital download service.

Effective immediately, 16 of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's albums are available, including his landmark Plastic Ono Band, Imagine and Double Fantasy, as well as the compilation albums Lennon Legend, Acoustic, Anthology and Working Class Hero.

The entire catalog has been digitally remastered, and the tracks will be available in DRM-free format for $1.29 each.

As a bonus, exclusive videos will be bundled with several of the albums for the next month.

"John would have loved the fact that his music will now be available in a format suited to a new generation of listeners," Yoko Ono said in a statement.

"John Lennon is one of the greatest artists of our time," added Steve Jobs, Apple CEO and inveterate Beatlemaniac. "We're thrilled to have his solo catalog available on the iTunes Store for the first time."

With the addition of Lennon, three of the four Beatles have now made their way to iTunes. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr came aboard earlier this year, leaving George Harrison as the only one whose solo post-Beatles oeuvre is not represented. (Harrison's Traveling Wilburys music debuted in June.)

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