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A total of 27 different songs from the legendary foursome The Beatles are now available for purchase as ringtones on Apple's iTunes Store.

The group announced the immediate availability of the ringtones on its website on Wednesday. All 27 ringtones are 30 second snippets from songs that were No. 1 hits in the U.S. and U.K., and each is priced at $1.29.

The selection of songs includes "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Can't Buy Me Love," "A Hard Day's Night," "Eight Days a Week," "Ticket to Ride," "Help!," "Yesterday," "Paperback Writer," "All You Need is Love," "Hello Goodbye," "Let It Be," "Something," "Come Together," "Hey Jude" and more. All of the songs are from the "1" collection, a greatest hits album with all of the band's chart-topping tracks.

The tracks can be purchased through the iTunes desktop application, or via the dedicated iTunes Store application found on iOS devices.

The songs are available exclusively on the iTunes Store, which means only iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users will be able to purchase the tracks and use them as custom alerts on their iOS device.




The new ringtones are yet another exclusive arrangement between Apple and The Beatles. The band's catalog made its digital debut only on iTunes in November of 2010, marking the end of a lengthy trademark dispute between The Beatles and Apple.

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A total of 27 different songs from the legendary foursome The Beatles are now available for purchase as ringtones on Apple's iTunes Store.



I wish that Yoko had never made a deal with the devil. I hate hearing bastardized versions of Beatles songs.

I'm not sure why, but when I hear Beatles songs re-purposed for TV ads, I hate it. When I hear the same sort of thing by The Who, I don't mind.

Maybe it is because I know that the Beatles themselves were opposed to that sort of use of their songs.
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If the whole song is $1.29 on iTunes, why is a 30 second ringtone also $1.29?
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When I hear a strain of Yesterday in the back ground, I become happy, and it puts a smile on my face. I was opposed to the commercial application at first. Now, it just makes the day a little better.
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Where are they ?
iTunes page gives the albums, but no ringtones link.
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When I hear a strain of Yesterday in the back ground, I become happy, and it puts a smile on my face. I was opposed to the commercial application at first. Now, it just makes the day a little better.

I wish that I felt like you do. The more things one can enjoy, the better.
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Originally Posted by jragosta View Post

If the whole song is $1.29 on iTunes, why is a 30 second ringtone also $1.29?

Exactly. Just buy the song and create the ringtone in garage band
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I wish that Yoko had never made a deal with the devil. I hate hearing bastardized versions of Beatles songs.

I'm not sure why, but when I hear Beatles songs re-purposed for TV ads, I hate it. When I hear the same sort of thing by The Who, I don't mind.

Maybe it is because I know that the Beatles themselves were opposed to that sort of use of their songs.

You know that the use of Beatles songs is controlled/owned by Sony and the Michael Jackson estate, right? Not the actual Beatle performances, but companies can use the songs and hire Beatle sound-alikes to perform them for commercials. McCartney was all set years ago to buy the song publishing rights (which the Beatles never owned), but he happened to tell Michael Jackson he was going to do it, and Jackson stepped in and outbid him.
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Exactly. Just buy the song and create the ringtone in garage band

Yet, people will flock and buy them even though they already own the songs. Buy the album and create your own ringtones. Gotta love marketing hype....sucks them in like cattle heading for slaughter.
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I wish that Yoko had never made a deal with the devil. I hate hearing bastardized versions of Beatles songs.

I'm not sure why, but when I hear Beatles songs re-purposed for TV ads, I hate it. When I hear the same sort of thing by The Who, I don't mind.

Maybe it is because I know that the Beatles themselves were opposed to that sort of use of their songs.

I loved the use of Instant Karma many years back over an Nike commercial. Not quite Beatles but as good as.
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The songs are available exclusively on the iTunes Store, which means only iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users will be able to purchase the tracks and use them as custom alerts on their iOS device.

yes, cuz no-one else in the world knows how to create a ringtone.
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Where are they ?
iTunes page gives the albums, but no ringtones link.

Good question. I can see them on my iPhone in iTunes, but not in the Mac App.

I've never bought a ringtone. Maybe they don't sell them in the Mac App.

Banner ad but no ringtones. Weird. I'll be so glad when they overhaul iTunes later this year.
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When I hear a strain of Yesterday in the back ground, I become happy, and it puts a smile on my face. I was opposed to the commercial application at first. Now, it just makes the day a little better.

Whenever I here that Song "yesterday" I cringe, I saw an interview with John where he was asked about all the songs he "co-wrote" with Paul.

His answers to who wrote Yesterday was and I am paraphrasing:-

"Oh God no! I would never write a song like that, I'm only interested in looking forward - not backwards, that was Paul's gig!"

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Yet, people will flock and buy them even though they already own the songs. Buy the album and create your own ringtones. Gotta love marketing hype....sucks them in like cattle heading for slaughter.

Not sure about that. The reason MANY people buy instead of creating their own is that a) It is quicker, b) Soooooo easy, and c) its cheap enough.

Its the same with iTunes - or certainly was in the past when people questioned why you'd pay 99 cents for a song when it was available for free. People will usually choose the path of least resistance as long as that path won't break the bank. Steve Jobs was absolutely right.
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I would just use GarageBand, but then I've already got everything on CD from Rubber Soul onward...

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Whenever I here that Song "yesterday" I cringe, I saw an interview with John where he was asked about all the songs he "co-wrote" with Paul.

His answers to who wrote Yesterday was and I am paraphrasing:-

"Oh God no! I would never write a song like that, I'm only interested in looking forward - not backwards, that was Paul's gig!"

Or as John sang - 'the only thing you did was yesterday...'
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If the whole song is $1.29 on iTunes, why is a 30 second ringtone also $1.29?

'Cuz Sir Paul is a 1%er!
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If the whole song is $1.29 on iTunes, why is a 30 second ringtone also $1.29?

Can't you just set the actual song as a ringtone or an alert on the phone itself?
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Can't you just set the actual song as a ringtone or an alert on the phone itself?

Ringtones have to be 30 seconds.
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You know that the use of Beatles songs is controlled/owned by Sony and the Michael Jackson estate, right? Not the actual Beatle performances, but companies can use the songs and hire Beatle sound-alikes to perform them for commercials. McCartney was all set years ago to buy the song publishing rights (which the Beatles never owned), but he happened to tell Michael Jackson he was going to do it, and Jackson stepped in and outbid him.

The story I read a few years ago was that Paul introduced Michael to the whole buying copyright thing in the first place and when the Beatles catalogue came on the market, Michael asked Paul if he was going to bid, Paul said "No" as he considered it too expensive (?) and Michael bid for them and bought them. Supposedly Paul had changed his mind on the last second and was not happy that Michael had paid, if i recall correctly, $47m for them at the time, so in effect increased their value to stratospheric levels. So no future chance of Paul getting them back either unless he paid even more!

Then Sony screwed over Michael with his last album by not promoting it (as they had done with George Michael) and then when Michael was financially down (Invincible was the most expensive album ever to make), did a deal to become half owners of the Beatles copyrights!

Now Sony get to exploit the Beatles back catalogue in anyway they like... ringtones, adverts etc...
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You know that the use of Beatles songs is controlled/owned by Sony and the Michael Jackson estate, right? Not the actual Beatle performances, but companies can use the songs and hire Beatle sound-alikes to perform them for commercials. McCartney was all set years ago to buy the song publishing rights (which the Beatles never owned), but he happened to tell Michael Jackson he was going to do it, and Jackson stepped in and outbid him.

It was my impression that deal related only to a portion of the Beatles catalog. Yeah - I blamed MJ every time I heard the Beatles songs used to sell a product.

But this ringtone thing is not the sheet music composition alone - these ringtones are the actual performances themselves, so I imagine Yoko signed the deal with Apple.
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Whenever I here that Song "yesterday" I cringe, I saw an interview with John where he was asked about all the songs he "co-wrote" with Paul.

His answers to who wrote Yesterday was and I am paraphrasing:-

"Oh God no! I would never write a song like that, I'm only interested in looking forward - not backwards, that was Paul's gig!"

I always thought of the song as a McCartney tune. The movie had him sitting at the piano figuring it out, if I remember correctly.
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Now Sony get to exploit the Beatles back catalogue in anyway they like... ringtones, adverts etc...

Can't buy your love though eh.
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'Cuz Sir Paul is a 1%er!
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Likely correct. The working class hero thing was John's gig.
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I always thought of the song as a McCartney tune. The movie had him sitting at the piano figuring it out, if I remember correctly.

That's what he is saying
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That's what he is saying

Then why does he cringe when John confirms it?
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Originally Posted by johnnyb0731 View Post

Exactly. Just buy the song and create the ringtone in garage band

Or make 'em directly in iTunes. 30 seconds on google and any track in your library can be made into a custom ringtone.
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Where are they ?
iTunes page gives the albums, but no ringtones link.

I've just wasted 15 mins looking for the damn things. What's the matter with iTunes? The older it gets the less i like it.
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Then why does he cringe when John confirms it?

He cringes when he hears the song.
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It was my impression that deal related only to a portion of the Beatles catalog. Yeah - I blamed MJ every time I heard the Beatles songs used to sell a product.

But this ringtone thing is not the sheet music composition alone - these ringtones are the actual performances themselves, so I imagine Yoko signed the deal with Apple.

The publishing rights to the Beatles catalog minus 2 songs ('Love Me Do' and 'PS I Love You', which are owned by Paul McCartney's MPL Publishing) are owned by Sony/ATV Music, which is owned by some split of Sony and the estate of Michael Jackson. Originally, that was a 50/50 split, but I think MJ either sold off or used part of his as collateral on a loan. Publishers can license the songs out for cover artists to use for commercials. If the artists don't own the rights, as is the case with the Beatles catalog, there's nothing the artists can do to stop the songs being used in this way. Blaming Yoko for hearing a Beatles song in a commercial is like blaming the moon for a Michael Bay movie: pointless as the two have nothing to do with each other. Whereas in the case of Nike using the actual recording of 'Revolution' in the 1980s, they could stop that instance.

The original recordings, however, are owned by EMI and Apple Corps, the Beatles label. If you hear an original Beatles recording used, it has to be approved by all Paul, Ringo, and the families of George and John, and probably at some point EMI (or whatever is left of EMI these days). These ringtones obviously have been given the green light by the representatives of the Fab Four, and if it's good for them, it should be good for everyone. I personally use iTunes to make ringtones, so there's no chance of me buying them.

As an aside, George Harrison's son, Dhani, is a HUGE fan of the Beatles online presence, and it's probably him we have the most to thank for seeing the Beatles catalog in the iTunes store and for Beatles Rock Band video game. He's very into keeping their legacy alive in the modern world, so many thanks from Beatles fans should go to him.
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Not sure about that. The reason MANY people buy instead of creating their own is that a) It is quicker, b) Soooooo easy, and c) its cheap enough.

Its the same with iTunes - or certainly was in the past when people questioned why you'd pay 99 cents for a song when it was available for free. People will usually choose the path of least resistance as long as that path won't break the bank. Steve Jobs was absolutely right.

+1. For $1.29, all of the work is done for you. No need to figure out how to do it, or waste any time doing it. for a lot of people, it's just not worth the effort to make your own ringtones. Especially if you don't use a lot of them. I could see making them yourself, if you change your ringtone every couple of weeks, or if you have multiple ringtones for different people, but $1.29 is not exactly breaking the bank.

does this announcement seem like it's about 2 years too late? Ringtones were a big deal several years ago, but I havne't really heard much about them in the past year or so.
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The publishing rights to the Beatles catalog minus 2 songs ('Love Me Do' and 'PS I Love You', which are owned by Paul McCartney's MPL Publishing) are owned by Sony/ATV Music, which is owned by some split of Sony and the estate of Michael Jackson. Originally, that was a 50/50 split, but I think MJ either sold off or used part of his as collateral on a loan. Publishers can license the songs out for cover artists to use for commercials. If the artists don't own the rights, as is the case with the Beatles catalog, there's nothing the artists can do to stop the songs being used in this way. Blaming Yoko for hearing a Beatles song in a commercial is like blaming the moon for a Michael Bay movie: pointless as the two have nothing to do with each other. Whereas in the case of Nike using the actual recording of 'Revolution' in the 1980s, they could stop that instance.

The original recordings, however, are owned by EMI and Apple Corps, the Beatles label. If you hear an original Beatles recording used, it has to be approved by all Paul, Ringo, and the families of George and John, and probably at some point EMI (or whatever is left of EMI these days). These ringtones obviously have been given the green light by the representatives of the Fab Four, and if it's good for them, it should be good for everyone. I personally use iTunes to make ringtones, so there's no chance of me buying them.

As an aside, George Harrison's son, Dhani, is a HUGE fan of the Beatles online presence, and it's probably him we have the most to thank for seeing the Beatles catalog in the iTunes store and for Beatles Rock Band video game. He's very into keeping their legacy alive in the modern world, so many thanks from Beatles fans should go to him.



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Whenever I here that Song "yesterday" I cringe, I saw an interview with John where he was asked about all the songs he "co-wrote" with Paul.

His answers to who wrote Yesterday was and I am paraphrasing:-

"Oh God no! I would never write a song like that, I'm only interested in looking forward - not backwards, that was Paul's gig!"

It's well known that Lennon and McCartney stopped writing together by 1966. It's also very well known that Lennon had nothing to do with "Yesterday" - he criticized McCartney for it in his solo song "How Do You Sleep?":
"You live with straights who tell you, you was king
Jump when your momma tell you anything
The only thing you done was yesterday
And since you've gone you're just another day"

McCartney wrote the song "Silly Love Songs" in response.

They made a deal early on in which they would share the Lennon-McCartney credit on all their Beatle songs. It doesn't mean they co-wrote all the songs. After Lennon's death, McCartney went to Yoko and asked if they could reverse the credit on Yesterday to McCartney-Lennon since that song is so identified with Paul and Lennon had nothing to do with it, but Yoko refused.

Lennon's criticism about never looking back was total b.s. He would pull crap like that when he was mad at the other Beatles - he even admitted that he purposely lied about some stuff in a Playboy interview. "Yesterday" looks back in exactly the same way as Lennon's "Norwegian Wood" and "In My Life" does.
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