The Beatles have signed a deal with iTunes to release ringtones for each of the songs on 1, their career-spanning collection of Number One singles. The 30-second ringtones are available in the digital store now for $1.29 each, the same price as an individual song from the band’s catalog.
The Beatles’ music has been available in the iTunes store since November of 2010, but only after many years of negotiations. Though the band has since sold a huge number of mp3 downloads at the digital retailer, they may have waited too long to get in the ringtone business, as the market has been in decline since smartphones and ringtone-making apps have become more popular.
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