Free, legal downloads of every Beatles song


28 Responses to “Free, legal downloads of every Beatles song”

  1. elevenwatt says:

    Wait. They make downloads in legal now?

  2. David Newland says:

    @Craigger1, your heart may be in the right place, but your Beatles royalties don’t go to the Beatles. Two of them are dead, for one thing; moreover, Michael Jackson has owned their catalogue for ages.

  3. Itsumishi says:

    Whilst Michael Jackson (and Sony) do own the rights to most of the Beatles songs there are a few they don’t (“Love Me Do”, “Please Please Me”, “P.S. I Love You” and “Ask Me Why”) and McCartney and the Lennon Estate still bring in money from the songwriter royalties.

    For more details please check the wikipedia article.

    The Beatles – Song Catalogue

    Still, every time you buy a Beatles album you can bet that Sony’s the one that’ll be profiting most. To me that’s as good a reason to download the music freely and if you really feel guilty send Ringo a check (just hope he doesn’t think it’s something to autograph!)

  4. Elliot says:

    Thank you! This is beautiful.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Well, this won’t last long.
    Apple Records lawyers, get to work!

  6. Anonymous says:

    found that today on their Beatles page :-/

    Our Daily Beatles podcast stopped
    Due to terms still being under negotiation, our own lawyers have advised us to pull back the podcasts containing The Beatles music.

  7. Dorkomatic says:

    Who are these “Beatles” of which you speak?

  8. Anonymous says:

    .. and now it has all gone pearshaped.
    The news is breaking in the Norwegian media, and probably the international media as well, about these podcasts not going to be made available after all.

    I’m not sure what happened, but it seems that someone got confused about “IP” rights (oh, really?), and announced that The Beatles would now be available.
    Of course, there are many more stakeholders involved than NRK and the Norwegian royalty collection society.

    More from NRK at

  9. Craigger1 says:

    I love the Beatles, but I’m not going to learn the Norwegian language to listen to them!
    I’ll just go out and buy their CD’s so they can receive the royalties for the music they created.
    For anyone who’s interested, here’s my tribute to John Lennon….

  10. Astin says:

    “The Beatles” are a British comedy troupe that ripped off the Sesame Street band “The Beetles”. So transparent was this theft of intellectual property that they have song titles that similar for songs that sound nearly identical.

    For instance:

    The Beetles: Letter B, Hey Food
    The Beatles: Let it Be, Hey Jude

    Other groups that could potentially have legal gripes include The Rutles, and The Monkees.

    Not to mention that Paul McCartney took a public domain song called “Yesterday” and covered it acoustically, claiming it was his own creation. This is obviously not the case as literally thousands of other versions of this song can be found performed by thousands of other artists. Therefore, it must be public domain.

    In reality, only Ringo was the funny one, although John was known for being witty at times.

  11. Agent 86 says:

    This is a good reason to break out my old (and underused) Learn Norwegian CDs!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately, they don’t actually own the rights to many of their tunes. Until recently, much of the rights (and thus royalties) were the property of Michael Jackson, but he was forced to divest many of these assets to fund his legal battles. Now they’re probably owned by a mishmash of crusty old white men who smoke cigars and drink scotch.

  13. Dorkomatic says:

    I for one, welcome our new Norwegian insect overlords.
    (whoever they are.)

  14. tedpallas says:

    I really don’t want to Babelfish it, as the wordlery is too beautiful in int’s original form, but I think y’all will dig the first comment on the blog this was posted on:

    Petter Holstad Wright Jan 5th, 2009 at 14:01

    Holy freaking sweet! Dette er jo faktisk strålende. Da har jeg en del timer foran meg med god underholdning.

    Yes, Pete, this is TOTALLY holy freaking sweet.

  15. Beanolini says:

    Isn’t it good, Norwegian Wood.

    If this is ‘legal’ to download in Norway, is it any more ‘legal’ internationally than allofmp3 was?

  16. franko says:

    can anyone point me to a torrent of norwegian language discs?
    ; P

  17. Jason Rizos says:


    If you were to make a case that Ringo was in fact a muppet, I’d be on board.

  18. Jason Rizos says:

    Holy crap! By submitting comments I got three block ups one that Avast called malicious! or something.

  19. jimtron says:

    Norwegian would…

  20. Sxe says:

    @7 Beanolini:, to my memory, sold studio-produced music album tracks, in exchange for money.

    Conversely, here NRK is giving away radio broadcasts (which happen to contain 70% studio-produced Beatles tracks by volume), in exchange for nothing.

    The content of the offering since it’s using the out-of-copyright radio broadcast effectively as a legitimizing container for the Beatles’ music. This could be construed as morally nebulous, if you’re a big stickler for copyright.

    But the method of distribution is definitely different. wasn’t free, and this is.

  21. pauldrye says:

    Thanks to the “hoist by their own petard” media levy here, it’s been legal to download Beatles music in Canada for a few years now. Just use BitTorrent or whatever, and you’re clear.

  22. cybernezumi says:

    If you don’t want to listen to the podcast part & you’re using iTunes, you can set in the song’s properties the starting time (and ending time as well). On the Mac, Apple-i (or whatever you call the clover/splat key) -> Options Tab -> enter a starting time after the chatter is over. Turn off remember playback position & skip shuffling if you want (and you’ve subscribed as a podcast and these are on automatically). This data should be transfered over to your iPod as well I believe. If you want to take a step further into the moral greyness, you can then strip off the beginning by doing a “Create AAC version” under the Advanced menu (in batch even, by highlighting a group)…

  23. Anonymous says:

    Don’t worry about the health of Ringo and Paul’s wallets. NRK are paying royalty for this stuff. They have brokered a deal with the Norwegian rep for the music industry.

    So all round winners here…

  24. dannysland says:

    Ugh. That damn Scouser skiffle band. I wouldn’t download their music if you paid me — it’s fucking inescapable! Why do I have to hear their music, or hear about them, decades after their heyday, every day, for the rest of my life?

  25. vetlemakt says:

    Right, so IFPI put a stop to it, for now. I still have hopes for this, not because I need a place to download Beatles, but because I liked the show. The three minutes of talking is really what made the show special. Every song has its own story, and every story I have heard on “VÃ¥r Daglige Beatles” have been very interesting, especially if you’re a Beatles fanatic. The two program hosts speaks Bergen dialect (city on the west coast), so taking a norwegian course wouldn’t get you all the way there.

  26. spazzm says:

    As you’re downloading, please share a kind thought for the Norwegian tax payers and TV licence payers, who are financing this.

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