McCartney Thrilled With Beatles ITunes Deal

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December 17, 2010 | 7:40am EST

Sir Paul McCartney is glad the Beatles’ back catalogue is finally available online – because a “whole new generation” can now find inspiration in their music.
The Fab Four’s albums and singles were made available on the iTunes internet store last month after years of negotiations between bosses at record label EMI and computer giant Apple.

McCartney has always been eager for the material to be available digitally so younger music fans can have access to the songs – and he’s delighted with the deal.

He tells the Liverpool Echo newspaper, “I think people thought it was us holding it up, but that was just the record companies. We’ve always wanted it to go onto iTunes. If that’s the way people are listening now, then that’s great.

“That’s the amazing thing about the Beatles’ stuff. When we were in the Beatles we thought our popularity might last 10 years, if that. It lasted even longer than that, and now it’s just gone mad. There’s a whole new generation out there listening to those songs.

“The other day I was trying to think what it must be like to be a teenager now who likes the Beatles. I suppose it’s like me listening to Nat King Cole when I was a kid.”

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