REDMOND, WA (TSD After Dark) The much anticipated announcement from Apple that iTunes would finally offer The Beatles catalogue electronically has come true, delighting music fans worldwide. Now users can download the Fab Four’s singles and albums.
Not to be outdone, Microsoft countered by making a startling announcement of their own. Original Beatles drummer Pete Best’s catalogue will be available beginning in January of 2011.
“This is huge for us,” said Microsoft’s Alan Grossman. “Best was a major player in the band’s rise to fame. They practiced at his house a lot.”
Best was fired by Beatles manager, Brian Epstein on August 16, 1962 just days before the Beatles rise to fame – first in Europe, then in the United States.
ZeroOne Computing Media spokesman Trevor Lewis likens Best and Ringo to a PC and a Mac.
“It’s simple really,” said Lewis. “Pete may not have been as good as Ringo, or as innovative, or groundbreaking, or sleek, or life changing, or having a penchant for delivering unexpected big news that effects the stock market, but he was popular with the ladies.”
Though there are a few albums in the Best catalogue, it is debatable as to which albums are official.
“The bootlegs,” said Best, 68. “Me Mum taped me beatin’ the skins in me house around 1966 and released that album on her own called The Best Way to Beat It. Never saw a penny from that one. Maybe now I will.”