Beatles Downloads Delay Blamed On EMI By Paul McCartney

Fabs founder says band are keen for official downloads

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Sir Paul McCartney has spoken out about the delay in getting The Beatles back catalogue onto services like iTunes on the eve of their collection of remastered reissues being released on September 9, 2009.

McCartney, one of the two surviving members of the Fabs, says the band are keen for the songs to be made available digitally, and said that the continued delay was down to EMI records.

Talking to Uncut-sister title NME, Paul McCartney says: “We were having problems with iTunes – well not iTunes, EMI was the problem – with downloading, which we’d like to do because that’s how a lot of people get their music.”

The Beatles: Rock Band‘ game, which is also released on September 9, has been a ‘back’ route taken by the band to be able to offer some downloadable material.

McCartney says: “We’ve kind of bypassed that [download problems] because now you can do it in ‘Rock Band’, I always liked that, when you’re told you can’t do something and suddenly there’s a little route round the back.”

Featuring 13 different covers – one for each LP release –the special Beatles issue of NME will be available on UK newsstands from September 9.

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