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The Beatles Launch Exclusive Ringtones Through iTunes Store

Continuing their close relationship with the iTunes Store following a landmark deal to launch their music in the store in late 2010, The Beatles today announced the release of their first official ringtones, available exclusively through the iTunes Store.
Beginning today, fans around the world can, for the first time, purchase ringtones for the Beatles’ 27 UK and US #1 hits, exclusively on iTunes.
The 30-second ringtones are priced at $1.29 each, and the full list of available ringtones includes: "Love Me Do", "From Me to You", "She Loves You", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "Can't Buy Me Love", "A Hard Day's Night", "I Feel Fine", "Eight Days a Week", "Ticket to Ride", "Help!", "Yesterday", "Day Tripper", "We Can Work It Out", "Paperback Writer", "Yellow Submarine", "Eleanor Rigby", "Penny Lane", "All You Need Is Love", "Hello, Goodbye", "Lady Madonna", "Hey Jude", "Get Back", "The Ballad of John and Yoko", "Something", "Come Together", "Let It Be", and "The Long and Winding Road".


Apple and The Beatles have an extensive history together, dating back to disputes over the Apple name that The Beatles have long used for their business ventures. As Apple moved into the music business, the two sides came into conflict over the trademark, eventually leading to a 2007 agreement that saw Apple obtain all rights to the trademark and license it back to The Beatles for their specific uses.

Following the November 2010 addition of The Beatles to the iTunes Store, Apple has prominently featured the band's music at times. The Beatles published an exclusive free animated e-book of Yellow Submarine on the iBookstore last year, and Apple accompanied that release with a dedicated television commercial of its own focusing on The Beatles.

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34 months ago
Awesome! $1.29 for a 30 second song. Totally worth it!
Good thing I can't just buy the whole song for $1.29 and make a free ringtone in Garageband...
Rating: 23 Votes
34 months ago
For the price of a song, you can buy a preview. Score.
Rating: 23 Votes
34 months ago
$1.29. Fool on the Hill indeed.
Rating: 19 Votes
34 months ago
i don't get it. ringtones are basically easy to create. and charge 1,29 $?
Rating: 18 Votes
34 months ago

Awesome! $1.29 for a 30 second song. Totally worth it!
Good thing I can't just buy the whole song for $1.29 and make a free ringtone in iTunes...


Fixed. ;)

- Get Info on a song, set a Start - End range in the song for the part you want as a ringtone
- Set the exporter to AAC
- Right-Click : "Create AAC Version"
- Right-Click the new 30 second song - "Show in Finder".
- Copy it to desktop
- Delete if from iTunes and from the disk (not your copy on the desktop).
- Get Info on the original song, remove the Start and End range.

Go to the desktop and :

- Rename the 30 second song, changing its extension from m4a to m4r.
- Import into iTunes.

Congratulations on your free ringtone.
Rating: 15 Votes
34 months ago
So, I bought the the whole album "1" for $9.99 and if I want to have a 30sec snipplet of it as a ringtone, I have to pay $1.29 for it? For the same music I am licensed to use to my discression? Thanks, Apple! Not gonna happen. Where are the times where I could use my "dumb phone" and just put any mp3 song as ringtone? *sigh* :confused:
Rating: 7 Votes
34 months ago
I have to pay for a song, and then pay the same amount to play a short version of the same song at a specific time (when I get a phone call). How do they justify this?
Rating: 7 Votes
34 months ago
For free:
Audiko (http://audiko.net/ringtone/The+Beatles)
Rating: 5 Votes
34 months ago

Cheapskates. It's cheaper than most beverages. Don't buy one if you can't afford it. For a lot of people, this is probably easier than creating their own.


Cheapskates? If you can do something easily, and still not have to pay any money, why wouldn't you do it yourself?
Rating: 5 Votes
34 months ago
from mind expanding drugs, the maharishi, and Lennon's social struggles and give peace a chance to ringtones for effing mobile phones with two dead members and the other two Septuagenarian... Just put the damn songs in the public domain already, haven't they and their offspring made enough money already that they need to sell ringtones? tstststs
Rating: 5 Votes

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