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Beatles on iTunes? Nope. MP3? Yes.

Nope, you still can’t buy the Beatles on Apple’s (AAPL) iTunes. But next month you will finally be able to buy the band’s music in MP3 form, provided you’re willing to plunk down a bunch of cash.

$279.99, exactly.

What do you get for that? The same thing the band and EMI Music Group are already selling for $219: All of the band’s music, in a remastered stereo mix. But if you’re willing to pay extra, you can now get the same tunes bundled up in a single USB stick. Like so:

beatles usb

People who care about this stuff will be pleased to know the files will be available in both FLAC and MP3 formats. More details here, although there does seem to be some confusion about whether there are 30,000 of these puppies or just a couple hundred. Either way, they go on sale Dec. 7 in the U.K. and the next day in the U.S.

By the way, if you’re the kind of Beatles fan who considers plunking down more than $200 for music you already own, then you’ve most likely seen this. But it’s free to everyone, thanks to Google’s (GOOG) YouTube:


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