Beatles Fail to Ignite on iTunes in UK

Despite Apple's announcement last week that The Beatles are finally available legally online via the iTunes Store, Beatlemania has failed to ignite the UK charts.

"Hey Jude" entered The Official UK Top 40 Single Chart at number 40, hopefully not as a result of Wagner's painful cover version on Saturday's The X-Factor.

As for albums, The Beatles 1967-1970 "Blue" compilation is at 32, The Beatles 1962-1966 "Red" compilation at 33. Both 1973 albums have been digitally remastered and likely benefit from being available in stores and supermarkets since October.

"Please Please Me," "With the Beatles," "A Hard Day's Night," "Beatles for Sale," "Help!," "Rubber Soul," "Revolver," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band," "Magical Mystery Tour," The "White Album," "Yellow Submarine," "Abbey Road" and "Let It Be" are all now available via iTunes, along with individual songs from those albums.

Additionally compilations "The Beatles - Past Masters," Vols. 1 & 2 are also available along with a bumper Beatles Box Set.

Some observers have suggested the lack of Beatles chart success has been down to pricing, with physical CD copies being significantly cheaper than buying digitally.

Single albums are available for from iTunes for £10.99 each, double albums for £17.99 each and individual songs for 99p each. The Beatles Box Set meanwhile, which includes all the band's original studio albums plus the Past Masters collection, costs £125.

On CD, many of The Beatles best known albums cost £7.99, while "The Beatles Box Set" - Remastered in Stereo by The Beatles can be had for £119.99. The double "Red" and "Blue" compilations meanwhile are also available from £7.99 each, Past Masters from £14.49.

It would appear not everyone shares Apple's CEO Steve Jobs' enthusiasm for all things Beatles. Last week Jobs said: "We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes."

"It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to the Beatles and EMI, we are now realizing a dream we've had since we launched iTunes ten years ago."

Pundits meanwhile, are back predicting The X-Factor winner will be once again be Number One this Christmas, despite various Facebook-led campaigns hoping otherwise.

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