Executives at THE Beatles' record label have paved the way for the Fab Four's tracks to go online after signing a deal to release 15 albums by other artists onto the web.
The band's music has long been kept off the internet amid years of legal wrangling between the band's Apple Corps label, industry giant EMI, which owns the recordings, and digital music retailers.
Sir Paul MCCartney recently urged label bosses to reach a deal, insisting it is "crazy" to not have Beatles tracks available to download.
Now Apple Corps officials have given Beatles fans hope their songs will eventually hit the net, by releasing 15 albums from their roster and making them available online.
The list includes records by James Taylor, Badfinger, Billy Preston, Mary Hopkin, Doris Troy, and Jackie Lomax, among others.
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