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Beatles to Download

Howard Fishman’s selection of a Web video he would like to download: A live performance of the Beatles.

RealNetworks is offering the beta software of its RealPlayer 11, which allows users one-click downloading of non-DRM-protected video from the Web, to AllThingsD.com visitors to try out before it is released later this month.

CEO Rob Glaser debuted the new version of RealNetworks’s flagship product at the D5 conference last week, which you can read about here and also see a video of the demo.

Along with downloading, you can also bookmark videos and organize them using the software. And once saved, you can then rip those videos onto any CD, DVD or, eventually, any other storage device like an iPod.

“It’s 10 minutes long (the last two are priceless, especially for Ringo),” writes Fishman of the Web video he would like to download.

Indeed, the video comes from a concert the Fab Four did on Feb. 11, 1964, when they played at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C., which you can read about here.

Although you can see only 10 minutes of the whole concert, for the record, the Beatles played “All My Lovin’,” “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Long Tall Sally,” among others.

Check it out:

Correction: An earlier version of this post misidentified the locale and date of the Beatles concert shown in the attached video. As reader Fred Bals (see comment below) points out, the concert took place at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 1964 (not at the Seattle Coliseum, where the Beatles performed Aug. 21, 1964).


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