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The Last Hold Outs, Beatles Finally On iTunes, But Who Yielded?

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After a series of secret back room negotiations between EMI and Apple Corps, complete with a code name (“Bastille”), the two labels finally came together over a royalties agreement, which then allowed a deal to be brokered with Apple Inc and iTunes to release the Beatles’ catalog digitally.

After all the lawsuits, rights issue debacles, and one too many Apples, the deal was finally struck with CEO Roger Faxon representing the Beatles’ record company EMI and Jeff Jones, the head of Apple Corps representing the band members and family. “We called the project Bastille,” Faxon told The New York Times, after “the revolution.”

How much of a revolution this is remains to be seen, if you’re capable of downloading music from iTunes, you’re capable of ripping CD’s (or if you’re like me, ripping your LP’s) to mp3’s and may have done so ages ago.

According to THR, “the real issue has always been the dispute between Apple Corps and EMI, which owns the master recordings, over what percentage of royalties EMI should pay to the band.” Any lingering taint from the legal dispute between Apple Corps and Apple Inc, over the latter not coming up with an original name, seems to have been long forgotten.

If that’s true, then credit for the deal largely goes to Faxon, who seemingly came to the table with a more giving nature, and greater royalty compensation to the band than EMI was willing to offer in the past. He denied that EMI bent under their debt pressures, saying it was just that, “the time had come for the Beatles to go digital.”

On the consumer side, if you check now you should see individual tracks for $1.29, albums for $12.99, and double albums at $19.99. Box sets are a steep, $149.99, quite a bit for something that includes none of the packaging that collectors so cherish. We don’t know the exact terms of the major deal, but the NY Times states that a standard iTunes deal gives 70% of each sale price to the label, who then pays their royalties out from there.

One winner in the deal is Michael Jackson whose estate owns 50% of the Sony/ATV side of the Beatles catalog, and who even in death, remains the King of Pop.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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