The Beatles download rumour denied

Record label denies catalogue will go digital

The Beatles’ record label has moved to deny rumours that the band’s music is about to be made available online.

The legends are one of the last acts to license their back catalogue to online stores.

However, UK download site Wippit recently claimed it would be the first to sell the songs, posting a headline on its homepage.

This immediately prompted The Beatles‘ record company EMI to issue a statement denying the link-up and asked that the download site removed its claims, reports BBC News.

The claim has since been removed, though Wippit have yet to comment.

Rumours that The Beatles‘ back catalogue would be available for download soon have been rife lately.

A potential deal with iTunes was suggested last month after the band’s own label Apple Corps settled a long-running trademark dispute with Apple Inc, leading Apple Corps manager Neil Aspinall to say The Beatles looked forward to “many years of peaceful co- operation with the firm”.

This followed more talk in January when Apple boss Steve Jobs used a selection of music from the band’s classic ’Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album to demonstrate the musical properties of the new iPhone.