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Imagine the Beatles on iTunes? "Don't Hold Your Breath," Says Yoko.

The latest news in the Beatles-to-iTunes non-story: Still a non-story.

This non-update comes from Yoko Ono, who should know, since she’s one of the four people with control of the band’s catalog.

She says Apple Corps, the band’s holding company, would like to sell Beatles music through Apple’s (AAPL) iTunes one day. But that day won’t be soon. Reuters:

“[Apple CEO] Steve Jobs has his own idea and he’s a brilliant guy,” Ono, the 77-year-old widow of John Lennon, told Reuters. “There’s just an element that we’re not very happy about, as people. We are holding out.

“Don’t hold your breath…for anything,” she said with a laugh.

Ono, who was promoting an upcoming public television documentary about her husband, “LENNONYC,” declined to go into detail. Former member Paul McCartney was similarly vague in 2008 when he said there were “a couple of sticking points.”

What are those sticking points? Who knows–and who cares, really, at this point? For the record, let’s note that Apple Records is going to release music from other bands on iTunes this fall. And one day, I’m sure, they’ll get around to the Beatles stuff, too.

In the meantime, if you want to get the Beatles online, they’re a Google (GOOG) search away. As always, I’d suggest starting with YouTube:


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