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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.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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