iTunes puts Beatles online

THE Beatles are expected to make their music available for the first time on Apple’s iTunes online music store, the company is expected to announce today, suggesting its disputes with the band are finally at an end.

The copyrights to the Beatles’ earliest recordings start expiring from the end of 2012, 50 years after their first single “Love Me Do” was released.

Apple Corps, the Beatles’ record label, waged a trademark battle with the computer maker arguing it had agreed in 1991 not to use the Apple brand in connection with music content.

Expectations of a music-related announcement from Apple’s digital store were raised yesterday by a teasing notice on its website homepage, which read: “Tomorrow is just another day that you’ll never forget. Check back here tomorrow for an exciting announcement from iTunes.”