∞ The Beatles on iTunes – 5 million songs, 1 million albums sold so far

Many music fans finally got what they were asking for in November, 2010 when Apple announced that the music of the Beatles was now available for purchase from the iTunes Store. It’s a tribute to the band’s enduring popularity that since then, the iTunes Store has sold 5 million Beatles songs and 1 million albums.

[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]Apple has informed The Loop that the iTunes Store recently exceeded 5 millions Beatles songs and 1 million Beatles albums sold worldwide. “Abbey Road” is the current best-selling Beatles album in the U.S., while “Here Comes the Sun” is the currently best-selling Beatles song.

The pace of sales has diminished since the Beatles’ catalog first came to iTunes, however. Apple and EMI announced a week after the Beatles’ music was released on iTunes that 2 million songs and 450,000 albums had been purchased.

On November 16, 2010 Apple began selling all 13 of the Beatles’ remastered studio albums with iTunes LPs, the two-volume “Past Masters” compilation and the classic “Red” and “Blue” collections. Apple also offers a special digital “Beatles Box Set” that includes the “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964” concert film, an iTunes exclusive. Apple has an exclusive deal for the Beatles’ music that winds up some time this year.

  • Anonymous

    Remember all the people who commented that everyone who wanted a Beatles song had already ripped their CDs? Proof that nerds are a very very small minority.

  • JJ

    By how much did this outpace other sales of the same music on CD during that time period?

    • Danielsw

      In my opinion, this would be an irrelevant (illogical) comparison, because the CD medium and its infrastructure are in essence so entirely different from the modern medium and infrastructure of the iTunes store.

      The main apparent difference for me is the time factor. CD’s are so. . . . old in comparison to iTunes digital media. They’re factually in the past for my wife and me.

      A more valid evaluation of Beatles sales statistics would be against other published iTunes artists. But perhaps not, as the group’s musical talent, originality, and character are rather INcomparable!


    so how much did they pay for the exclusive rights and how much have they made so far? in gross revenue it looks like $16.50 avg. for albums x 1 mill= 16.5 million, then another 6.45 mill for songs = 22.95 mill not even taking into account the $150. special album, so prob not too bad of an investment…i looke online forever to find out what the terms were but they are impossible to find..

    • Peter Cohen

      How much Apple paid for the rights is unlikely to be revealed any time soon.

      As to how much they made, assuming the cut for the Beatles is the same as any other content on iTunes, Apple made 30 cents on the dollar.