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- Posted on Aug 6th 2010 7:15AM by Chris Mugan
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Apple Corps, the group's holding company, has been unable to agree terms with EMI, which licenses the band's recordings, or the other Apple -- the one that owns iTunes. Since the two companies settled a trademark dispute in 2007, speculation has arisen that they would strike a deal over Beatles downloads.
However, Reuters has reported Ono saying a deal was nowhere near. "[Apple CEO] Steve Jobs has his own idea and he's a brilliant guy," she said. "There's just an element that we're not very happy about, as people. We are holding out. Don't hold your breath ... for anything," the 77-year-old artist added with a laugh.
John Lennon's widow warned her comments might not reflect the opinions of Apple Corps's three other equal shareholders -- Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Olivia Harrison, widow of George Harrison. She added, though, that consensus had replaced previous ill-feeling, since "we're older and more experienced." Moreover, the company was more open to new ideas than it was in the past, Ono suggested; a nod, perhaps, to innovations such as 'The Beatles: Rock Band' video game.
She was out and about to promote 'LENNONYC,' an upcoming TV documentary due to broadcast in the US on PBS, Nov. 22. This is one of the initiatives to commemorate the former Beatle's 70th birthday, alongside remasters of his solo back catalogue, as reported in Spinner.