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It's official: The Beatles are on iTunes

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Image Credit: David Redfern/Redferns/Getty ImagesIt’s official: The Beatles catalog is now finally available on iTunes, as rumored yesterday. “It has been a long and winding road to get here,” Steve Jobs said in a statement. Oh, that Steve Jobs! He’s a hoot.

The Beatles’ 13 studio albums are available individually for $12.99 (and $19.99 for double albums), or in a $149 “box set” that includes Past Masters and the concert film from the Washington Coliseum in 1964. If you just want to watch the movie, though, Apple is streaming it free through the end of the year.

On the one hand, yay! Finally! On the other … er, does this still matter? Haven’t most Beatles fans figured out other ways to get the music in a digital format? I have plenty of Beatles songs on my iPod — because I had Beatles CDs once upon a time.

Is your guitar gently weeping, PopWatchers, or are you thrilled that the Fab Four have finally come to iTunes?

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