September is going to be a huge month for fans of The Beatles. In addition to remastered music and The Beatles: Rock Band, there just might be another goodie in the works: The Beatles on iTunes. You see, Apple has announced a special event on September 9 (the same day the new game and remastered music are out). While everyone knows that refreshes to the iPod and iPod Touch lines will be announced that day, some are speculating that Apple will announce The Beatles coming to iTunes. MacWorld postulates:
"The Fab Four have been missing so long from the iTunes Store and those expecting a Beatles announcement from Apple have been disappointed so many times that a Beatles-in-iTunes prediction is something a cautious pundit doesn't want on his or her resumé. Yet, the alignment of the dates makes it difficult to resist.
Apple is rumored to be working on a Cocktail initiative with the record companies. This is a scheme where interactive booklets are bundled with album downloads from the iTunes Store. The record companies would really like to see some attention brought to the album format and if Cocktail can help with that, they’re all over it. Could Apple launch this initiative in a more impressive way than pulling Paul and Ringo on stage and announcing, 'Today, at the iTunes Store, you can download the same music, the same liner notes, the same lyrics, the same photos, and the same documentaries that are bundled in the Beatles’ box set.'?"
There have been several "Beatles coming to iTunes" predictions made in the past, but perhaps this time it will all come true. As much as I love my iPod (a deactivated iPhone so I don't have to suffer through AT&T's "service") and The Beatles, the remastered music is something I'd want in a high-quality format. iTunes isn't going to cut it in this instance. So even if the rumor is true, there are a lot of fans, like me, that will opt for the CDs. Then again, there are millions of people that are just fine with iTunes files.
What do you think of the rumor? Are The Beatles finally coming to iTunes? Would you buy AAC over a CD?