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Steve Jobs named Apple Computers for Apple Records, the Beatles’ company. Now from heaven he’s smiling and John Lennon is probably not happy. But the Apple Records trademark–that green apple–is now owned by Apple Computers. This is part of the 2007 settlement between the two Apples which paid the Beatles $500 million. That deal also paved the way for the Beatles exclusive download deal with iTunes. The website Patently Apple reported the story, which was picked up by my pals at hitsdailydouble.com and then handed to you by me. All things must pass, all things must pass away, indeed. Now if only Jeff Jones and Apple Records would release Hey Jude and Rarities on CD and for download before the people who bought them originally on LP are all dead.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
2 replies to this post
  1. Thank you for bringing the story to us. Just as the Beatles altered pop music for the better, so to Steve Jobs altered computers and phones, etc., and improved them.

  2. Correction: The company was always named Apple Computer (not Apple Computers). Now it is simply called Apple (due to their huge change in products).

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