Paul McCartney blames EMI for Beatles iTunes delay

Macca says: 'There have been all sorts of reasons why they don't want to do it'

Paul McCartney has revealed that The Beatles‘ record label EMI are to blame for their songs not being available to download on iTunes.

In an interview with BBC Newsbeat, McCartney said that even though the band’s music is not currently available to buy digitally, he thinks that “one day it’s going to happen”.

“To tell you the truth I don’t actually understand how it’s got so crazy,” he said. “I know iTunes would like to do it, so one day it’s going to happen.”

He added: “It’s been business hassles, not with us, or iTunes. It’s the people in the middle, the record label. There have been all sorts of reasons why they don’t want to do it.”

After years of negotiations, EMI are insisting that they are working hard to sort out the situation.

“Discussions are ongoing,” the label said in a statement, adding that they “would love to see The Beatles‘ music available for sale digitally.”

Despite the situation, McCartney admitted he isn’t too worried that a younger audience are missing out on their music.

He said: “We get so played and noticed and tributed as The Beatles that I’m not complaining.”