In May 06 I wrote (in quite a Seussical way, thank you) about the long running dispute between Apple Computer (now simply Apple, Inc.) and Apple Corps, the "record label" started by the beatles and now used as a shell company to control the tightly held Beatles music catalog.
Apple announced yesterday that a new agreement has been reached, with Apple Inc gaining control over all "apple" related trademarks, licensing the stuff needed back to Apple Corps for unlimited use.
Commenting on the settlement, Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO said, “We love the Beatles, and it has been painful being at odds with them over these trademarks. It feels great to resolve this in a positive manner, and in a way that should remove the potential of further disagreements in the future.”
One has to wonder, then, how long it will be before the entire Beatles catalog will be available on the iTunes music store. This is one of the last major catalogs to NOT agree to work with iTunes. I heard this morning that London odds-makers are predicting (with 8-1 odds) that when the catalog DOES make it to iTunes, Hey Jude will become the most downloaded song in iTunes history.