December 17th, 2013
09:27 AM ET

59 Beatles Bootlegs Released on iTunes

A collection of often-bootlegged Beatles songs went on sale via iTunes early Tuesday, but the recordings were online only briefly in several countries.

"This is Christmas comes early for Beatle fans you can get these hands on these recordings," CNN’s Nischelle Turner reports.

The tracks - expected to be mostly recordings of BBC performances from 1963, along with demos and studio outtakes - appeared at midnight in Britain, only to be pulled down shortly afterward. The digital music giant's sites in Australia and New Zealand no longer featured the collection by Tuesday morning.

A spokesperson for Universal Music Group confirmed the release of "The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963" for Tuesday, but provided no additional information.

A music industry executive with knowledge of the arrangements told CNN the tracks will be available on iTunes "for the foreseeable future." But several observers have suggested the bootlegs' brief legitimate release would be a way to extend their 50-year copyrights for another 20 years.

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  1. Prof. George W. Kester

    I am a United Million Miler. I hope United, American and other U.S. airlines decided not to allow cell phone class on flights. It's bad enough to have to hear others' telephone conversations in airport lounges when they are several feet away. To have to endure telephone conversations less than a foot away would be an unacceptable invasion of one's personal space. If would be difficult to read, work, sleep or just relax if fellow passengers chat or conduct business on their cell phones. Passengers do have choices regarding airlines. In my case, whether an airline allows cell phone calls or not would be a significant factor in my choice of carrier for my domestic and international travel. I applaud Delta, Jet Blue and Southwest for their strong stand on this issue.

    December 19, 2013 at 7:05 am | Reply

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