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There are so many rumors and news items blowing around, I’m going to need oxygen to keep from hyperventilating between now and Macworld. Let’s go:

  • Macworld. Steve Jobs’ keynote address is Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 — one week from today — starting at 12 p.m. EDT.
  • Movie rentals. BusinessWeek says today that Apple is close to agreements with Warner Brothers, Paramount and Liongate to provide titles for movie downloads in iTunes Store, and is also talking to Sony and Disney about rentals. Fox has previously been reported as on board for movie rentals. Rumored rental terms: $3.99 for 24 hours, which is competitive with rental and on-demand pricing. No mention of HD content.

More notes after the jump… (more…)

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09pare6001.jpgRadiohead’s manager told Billboard the group was in talks with Apple about bringing their new album to the iTunes Store. Radiohead is one of the bigger name acts that has not yet come to iTS, though Thom Yorke’s 2006 solo album, “The Eraser,” is available.

The new CD, “In Rainbows,” which was available online until December 10 at whatever price you wanted to pay, goes retail January 1, 2008.

How about The Beatles two weeks later at Macworld San Francisco? I will not get my hopes up. I will not get my hopes up. I will not…

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British music mag NME says a John Lennon collection of 21 videos is coming to the iTunes Store next Tuesday.  No speculation on The Beatles catalog, but I’m guessing a big fat NO.

The “video album” will be available at Starbucks on an iTunes Digital Release Card, which I gather is a display card with a scratch-off code and not a preloaded flash card.  I didn’t realize they had music videos in the late 1960s, so maybe Peter will chime in and explain that one.

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Help!Consider:

  • On February 5, 2007, Apple Inc. and The Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. settled a long and ugly trademark dispute. But no Beatles in the iTunes Store.
  • On April 2, 2007, Apple began offering all of Beatles-distributor EMI Music’s tracks as DRM-free, higher quality tracks for $1.29 each. No Beatles in iTS.
  • On April 12, 2007, Apple Corps settled a royalties dispute with The Beatles. Nothing.
  • On May 8, 2007, Steve Jobs released a statement, “We have always loved the Beatles, and hopefully we can now work together to get them on the iTunes Music Store.” Hmmm…
  • On May 15, 2007, Apple announced pre-release orders for Paul McCartney’s new album, “Memory Almost Full,” and availability of his full solo catalog on iTS. No Beatles.
  • On August 14, 2007, Apple announced the addition of the John Lennon catalog on iTS. Still no Beatles.
  • On August 28, 2007, Ringo Starr’s catalog landed in iTS — <shrugs> — and Apple sent out an invitation for a September 5 media event. The invitation said, “The Beat Goes On,” which just so happened to be the last four words of the press release The Beatles sent out to announce their breakup in 1970. (Ok, I thought, this time it’s going to happen.)
  • On September 5, 2007, Apple had its music event and made numerous announcements about iPods and iTS. But nothing about The Beatles.
  • On October 9, 2007, George Harrison’s catalog showed up on iTS. All four Beatles ‘ individual catalogs aboard but still no Beatles catalog.

The next likely event to get your hopes up for a Beatles catalog announcement and ultimately disappoint you is Macworld 2008, where Steve Jobs will almost certainly give the keynote address.

UPDATE (6/25/2009): A few new items of interest:

  • On June 1, 2009, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr announced details of the upcoming The Beatles: Rock Band video game will launch for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii on September 9, 2009.  The game will include 45 Beatles tracks.  Tucked into the press release was this little gem:

The Beatles: Rock Band will be released worldwide on 9/9/09, as will the release of the entire, original, digitally re-mastered Beatles CD catalogue.

  • On June 16, 2009, Capitol/EMI released a new George Harrison solo collection, including an iTS exclusive track.

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