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OTRC: The Beatles' songs now available for download on iTunes

The Beatles are pictured in the notes for the album 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album. (Photo courtesy of Capitol Records)

Apple announced on Tuesday that the Beatles' extensive catalog is now (finally) available for legal downloading on iTunes, including the band 13 studio albums, several compilations and a box set.

"We're really excited to bring the Beatles' music to iTunes," Sir Paul McCartney in a statement, according to The Associated Press. "It's fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around."

Ringo Starr said in the same statement, "I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes ... At last, if you want it - you can get it now - the Beatles from Liverpool to now!"

Songs are available on iTunes at $1.29 each, full albums go for $12.99, and boxed sets are priced at $149. Even without their songs available on iTunes, the Beatles have proven that decades past their break-up, the band is still highly profitable. An album featuring remastered versions of their songs sold $18 million in 2009, notes The Associated Press.

"It has been a long and winding road to get here," Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, said in the company's statement. "Thanks to the Beatles and EMI, we are now realizing a dream we've had since we launched iTunes 10 years ago."

Until Monday, the Beatles were one of a handful of major bands withholding their material iTunes, including Kid Rock, Garth Brooks, and AC/DC. According to the Associated Press, "some want more control over prices or the ability to force shoppers to download entire albums instead of individual songs."

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