Beatles thrilled to be on iTunes
The Beatles are going to be available on iTunes for the first time, it has been announced.
The deal, which means the Beatles will be sold online for the first time, follows years of talks between record label EMI and Apple.
Sir Paul McCartney said: "We're really excited to bring the Beatles' music to iTunes. It's fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around."
Ringo Starr said: "I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes. At last, if you want it - you can get it now - The Beatles from Liverpool to now! Peace and Love, Ringo."
Yoko Ono Lennon said in a statement: "In the joyful spirit of Give Peace A Chance, I think it is so appropriate that we are doing this on John's 70th birthday year," Olivia Harrison, George's widow, said: "The Beatles on iTunes-Bravo!"
The deal was made possible after the Beatles' music label, Apple Corps, and Apple the computer company settled a trademark dispute in 2007.
Earlier in the year, Sir Paul hinted that part of the delay in reaching a deal was down to record label EMI.
"There have been all sorts of reasons why they don't want to do it," he said at the time. "To tell you the truth, I don't actually understand how it's got so crazy."
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is known to be a fan of the Beatles. He said: "We love the Beatles and are honoured and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes."
"It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to the Beatles and EMI, we are now realising a dream we've had since we launched iTunes 10 years ago."