EMI says discussions are ongoing with Beatles publisher Apple Corps to secure the online rights from the world’s biggest digital holdout. Those talks are unrelated to the wider issue of selling tracks without anti-copying technology known as digital rights management, or DRM.
Under the current arrangement between EMI and Apple Corps, both parties must agree to move Beatles recordings to each new format. The Beatles catalog is already available on CD, but digital downloads are a different matter. So far, the British group’s publisher has held back.