- The Washington Times - Friday, March 14, 2008

The British press was aflutter last week with the prospect, gleaned from “sources close to Sir Paul McCartney,” that the Beatles’ catalog would be available at ITunes Music Store “within months.” The band’s reps this week quashed the rumors as “unsubstantiated speculation.” Still, Mr. McCartney himself said last year that a deal was “virtually settled.” Here’s how we’ll really know the ink is about to dry.

Mr. McCartney settles with Heather Mills— Fleet Street has for months been bruiting about the financial terms of settlement between Mr. McCartney and his estranged wife. A judge may announce details next week. If Mr. McCartney takes a big hit — he has lowballed Miss Mills with an offer of $50 million; she wants double — we can expect he’ll want a cash infusion from ITunes to cover his losses.

Ringo Starr rings the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell — If the Beatles go digital, that would mean the future of legal music consumption has the best-selling catalog in the history of the world. What’s there not to like on Wall Street?

The Apple logo changes color — The computer company’s iconic rainbow-colored apple turns green — aptly enough — like the iconic predecessor that symbolized the Beatles’ record label.

Steve Jobs gives himself a raise— Nominally, at least, the Apple CEO and chairman takes an annual salary of just $1. However, after closing a deal with his favorite band, he may be so giddy as to double his compensation to $2.

Apple sells an all-white IPod — Like 2004’s special black-and-red, U2-themed IPod, which came preloaded with the band’s complete catalog, Apple Computer will introduce, in honor of the Beatles’ “White Album,” an all-white IPod … OK, scratch that idea.

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