The Beatles on iTunes: Next Week?

This one has been swirling around for ages. But the latest speculation is that Apple will finally make the long-awaited announcement next week–that music from Liverpool’s legendary quartet will be available from the iTunes Store.

Currently, consumers can already buy tracks and albums from the individual band member’s solo careers from Apple. But now that the various legal battles between Apple Corp and Apple Inc. are finally resolved, next week’s Apple event could be the moment. Plus, since EMI is the label, the Beatles tracks would likely be sold in both 99-cent protected and $1.29, DRM-free “iTunes Plus” versions.

There’s even talk of a Yellow Submarine iPod.

Speculation: The Beatles on iTunes Sept. 5 [Apple 2.0]