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.