Monday, December 07, 2009

Why Steve Jobs and Apple Computers Suck

Tried to find Girl by the Beatles from their Rubber Soul album on iTunes. All I found was dreck done by cover bands. The Across the Universe soundtrack was the best version I could find. The singer did a good job, but only sang part of the first verse. My first reaction was annoyance and dismay. My next was to go in search for answers. This is what I found on Wikipedia:

The Beatles are among the few major artists whose recorded catalogue is not available through online music services such as iTunes and Napster.[273] Apple Corps' dispute with Apple, Inc. (owners of iTunes) over the use of the name "Apple" is partly responsible, although in November 2008 McCartney said the main obstacle was that EMI "want something we're not prepared to give them."[274] In March 2009, The Guardian reported that "the prospect of an independent, Beatles-specific digital music store" has been raised by Harrison's son, Dhani, who said, "We're losing money every day... So what do you do? You have to have your own delivery system, or you have to do a good deal with [Apple, Inc. CEO] Steve Jobs... [He] says that a download is worth 99 cents, and we disagree."[275] On 30 October, reported that an online service, BlueBeat, was making available the entire Beatles catalogue, via both purchasable downloads and free streaming.[276] Neither EMI nor Apple Corps had authorized the distribution,[277] and within a week BlueBeat was legally barred from handling the band's music.[278] The official release of The Beatles' catalogue in a limited edition of 30,000 USB flash drives is planned for December 2009.[279]

Damn you Steve Jobs! Damn you!