The Beatles Box Set on iTunes [gallery]

While reaction to the way in which Apple announced the Beatles coming to iTunes has been mixed to negative, the Beatles music on iTunes has been nothing short of best-selling. You can get singles for $1.29, albums for $12.99, or all 13 albums in the Box Set for $150.

I got my hands (and ears) on the box set so

Complete Beatles on iTunes links and gallery, including screenshots of all tracks, iTunes LPs, videos, and some sample artwork below. If you've listened to any of it, especially if you're a longtime Beatles fan, let me know what you think of this edition.

In addition to the Box Set [iTunes link], available albums include:

Not included in the Box Set but also available:

As with all iTunes music sold post-Macworld 2009, The Beatles songs are in iTunes Plus format, meaning higher, 256 kbps AAC format and no DRM (though they are likely watermarked with the purchasing iTunes ID account).

All of the albums come in iTunes LP format which means you can go into a rich, HTML 5 interface to listen to the songs, browse through pictures, and watch mini documentaries. While that currently looks great on iTunes on Windows or Mac, the continued lack of support on iOS -- iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV is disheartening. I imagine Steve Jobs invented this technology so he could lean back against the foot of his bed, iPad in hand, iTunes LP on screen, and swipe through the Beatles artwork while losing the afternoon to their music. We all want it. Let's make it happen.

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Rene Ritchie

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The Beatles Box Set on iTunes [gallery]


I agree. Its far better then buying a cup of coffee at starbucks. Plus you have some good music here. If it wernt for the beetles, you wouldn't have your punk or crazy rock music today.
Remember that kids.

The box set is an excellent price. I have bought Bear Family collections for way more. Most decent box sets are 200, or more. I do think $1.29 is high.

Reaction to the way in which Apple announced the Beatles coming to iTunes was mixed to negative only to the Apple-obsessed here (myself included). We are a tiny, tiny niche. Obviously, Apple has done something right here.

I have the Red and Blue compilation CDs ripped into iTunes. That's all I'll ever need — just the good songs.

I've ripped the ones that I want from CD. Have they really been best selling? I haven't seen the numbers, but I haven't cared to look.

Musical groups will come and go but very very few will have had the influence and legacy that the Beatles have had now and in the future and Run-DMC will not be one of them, that you can be sure of !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't complain about your US prices: A single song costs 1.29$ and the box set 150$. Here in Switzerland, a single song costs 2.20 CHF and the box set 250 CHF, even though at the moment 1 USD = 1 CHF. Now THAT is lame..