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Newsflash: Beatles Still Not for Sale Online

beatlesforsaleHot off the presses from EMI and Apple Corps, the Beatles’ holding company: a press release that goes on for 461 words about plans for yet another repackaging of the Fab Four’s albums–on CDs.

And then these two sentences: “Discussions regarding the digital distribution of the catalogue will continue. There is no further information available at this time.”

So, to sum up: The Beatles are still not available on Apple’s iTunes (AAPL) or any other legal online venue.

If you want to read about the CDs, which will be released in September and will feature “new packaging,” go right ahead. But if you’re pressed for time, here’s what said packaging will look like. Start saving now:

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work