The person(s) who owned the rights to all The Beatles music thought iTunes and digital distribution was killing the music industry, and there for didn't want The Beatles music distributed digitally via iTunes.
There are still a decent number of musicians that feel that way, but will just have to change with the times I guess because digital distribution is just going to grown not fade.
I think one issue big artist have with digital distribution is just about anyone can get their music out there, for a much smaller cost. Make CD's is expensive. And the if the artist is trying to free lance they have to foot the entire bill for the CD's outa their own pocket. With digital distribution - they can pay a modest sound studio to record a handful of tracks for them, then sell them via iTunes Store or other digital distribution sites, and now they are on even footing with the big named artist backed by giant recording companies.
Because iTunes is basically the way people get songs now, and the a lot of people agree that The Beatles are the greatest (or one of the greatest) bands of all time. For people that didn't own their CDs, it meant that their library was lacking one of their favorite bands.
One of the biggest downfalls of iTunes that alot of people said was that they didn't have The Beatles, because MJ (RIP) owned the rights to their songs, so when he died, the people who inherited these rights and royalties decided to put them on iTunes.
also, it because the beatles were an official band in 1960, so its the 50th aniv of this establishment. and john lennon died on december 8th so iTunes is doing it to promote its their art too.
the beatles idk, i don't like them personally, but it is the 1st time their music is available to be downloaded(legally) online.
Oh well what was so special about it is that iTunes FINALLY got The Beatles music on the iTunes store after years of trying.
That really did. The new owners apparently aren't as against digital distribution as he was.
well one thing that really help was MJ dying since he owned the rights to the beatles music