The Beatles and iTunes

For over a week now, talk of The Beatles releasing all their music onto iTunes has been rampant among Twitter, Facebook and entertainment media followers. When will they release the songs? How many of their songs will be available? Speculations can be found all over the internet, but the facts seem to be rather scarce.

Wired posted an article on Tuesday, Sept. 8 regarding the supposed release of remastered Beatles tracks on Wednesday the 9th. The article talked about the bitTorrent and other illegal versions of the songs that were already circling the Web. However, despite rumors that the songs would be released on Wednesday (the same day  Beatles Rock Band and the digitally remastered editions of all their albums hit stores), iTunes failed to comply. According to MSNBC.com, the rumor started when Yoko Ono mistakenly told a British Web site that they would be released for download. But by the time the site had gotten the chance to retract her blunder, the information was already a hot topic across the internet. Everyone was already excited for the iTunes release.

Now, here it is Sunday evening, four days after said release day, and there is no sign of The Beatles’ songs even being considered for iTunes. With the speed of information available on the internet, is news becoming less informational and more sensational? Has the media become too focused on being the first to break a story that they’ve sacrificed accuracy in favor of speed? This is a perfect example of how citizens should approach information on the web with a degree of speculation.

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2 responses to “The Beatles and iTunes

  1. Oh I would say with a great degree of certainty that the media have supplanted accuracy with speed. It seems that, because the majority of the populace is so capricious, they never hold the media (or anyone else) accountable for long. That being said, the punishment for the media being too hasty seems to be negligible, if there is a punishment at all.

  2. This is a prime example of a media source jumping the gun in order to break a story rather than checking the facts, but you cannot just blame the publication on this one. Readers must pay attention to the rhetoric and wording in stories. If an event is ‘rumored to be in the works’ (or some other unsure cop-out in reporting), responsible readers must pay attention to seemingly trivial phrases. They typically mean much more than they seem to.

    The hunger of the reader for new, sensational information cannot override fact-checking, or the public trust in journalism will continue to deteriorate.

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