Wednesday, November 24, 2010

iTunes Sells Half A Million Beatles Albums In A Week

iTunes Sells Half A Million Beatles Albums In A Week
By Andrew Tijs

In the first week the Beatles catalogue was made available on iTunes, they sold over 450,000 albums and two million individual songs.

On November 16, iTunes finally launched a catalogue of 13 remastered Beatles albums, and the double disc ‘Past Masters’ and Red and Blue collections.

Also, fans who bought the entire box set received a ‘Live At The Washington Coliseum 1964’ concert film.

It’s a small bonus, since the digital box set is $149 in the US and $259 in Australia, yet the physical box set can be bought from Amazon for $130.

Also, individual Beatles albums are selling for between $21 and $35 on the Australian iTunes, whereas the prices in the US are between $13 and $20.

The Australian dollar has been hovering around parity with the US dollar for weeks.

Therefore, this might account for the fact that Beatles titles are nowhere near as high on the Australian iTunes chart as they appear on the US iTunes chart.

Regardless, those iTunes figures - 450,000 albums and two million songs - are massive. We’ll just have to wait until the weekend to see how the ARIA chart reflects the numbers.

(People just can't get enough of The Beatles! You'd think they would have hopped on the digital wave long ago, but guess better late than never eh? I'm sure Lennon would be impressed. Go Beatles & for Beatles tees & merch please do visit our website.)

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