Monday, January 17, 2011

The Beatles sell 5 million songs, 1 million albums on iTunes

Some wondered if The Beatles would make an impact with the addition of their catalogue to iTunes, largely because the music has been bought – in various formats – several times over the years by fans as technology has changed.

The latest news to confound the naysayers is that The Beatles have sold 5 million songs, and a million albums, through iTunes in just 2 months.

Apple Insider reports that Apple revealed to The Loop on Friday that the current best-selling album is "Abbey Road," priced at $12.99, while the most popular song is "Here Comes the Sun" from the same album, which costs $1.29 individually.

The numbers show that the pace of sales has slowed since the first week of availability, when 450,000 albums were sold, along with 2 million songs. Then again, the best-selling album and song were "Abbey Road" and "Here Comes the Sun," respectively.

The Beatles catalog came to iTunes in mid-November, after a wait of more than 7 years since when the iTunes Store opened and began selling music. Apple and the Beatles' parent company, Apple Corps, were involved in a trademark dispute for years, before it was finally settled in 2007.

More info at Apple Insider here

Here is the Beatles iTunes catalogue, in order of release:

Please Please Me - The Beatles
With The Beatles - The Beatles
A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
Beatles For Sale - The Beatles
Help! - The Beatles
Rubber Soul - The Beatles
Revolver - The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles
The Beatles (White Album) - The Beatles
Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
Abbey Road - The Beatles
Let It Be - The Beatles


The Beatles 1962–1966 (The Red Album) - The Beatles
The Beatles 1967–1970 (The Blue Album) - The Beatles
Past Masters, Vols. 1 & 2 - The Beatles

George Harrison – Here Comes The Sun

The Princes Trust – Wembley Arena – London, UK – June 6, 1987

See also:

The Beatles dominate 2010 vinyl sales
The Beatles: John Lennon’s Abbey Road suit sells for 46K at auction
Yoko Ono: “I didn’t break up The Beatles”
The Beatles: Abbey Road crossing earns U.K. heritage status