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Observations from Jamie DeLoma, journalist and computer nerd

Ladies and gentlemen, the Beatles!

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Great news: The complete Beatles collection is now available for download.

The Fab Four’s 13 legendary remastered studio albums, the two-volume “Past Masters” compilation and the classic “Red” and “Blue” collections are available for purchase and download on Apple’s iTunes.

Single albums are available for purchase and download for $12.99 each, double albums for $19.99 each and individual songs for $1.29 each. The “Beatles Box Set,” available for $149, contains the 13 remastered studio albums with iTunes LPs and all mini-documentaries, “Past Masters,” and the “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964” concert film, a worldwide iTunes exclusive which captures the Beatles’ very first U.S. concert in its entirety

“We’re really excited to bring the Beatles’ music to iTunes,” said Sir Paul McCartney in an Apple press release. “It’s fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around.”

“I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes,” added Ringo Starr. “At last, if you want it — you can get it now — The Beatles from Liverpool to now! Peace and Love, Ringo.”

“We love the Beatles and are honored and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “It has been a long and winding road to get here. Thanks to the Beatles and EMI, we are now realizing a dream we’ve had since we launched iTunes ten years ago.”

Beatles fans wishing not to spend any money right now could enjoy an early holiday gift from Apple. The technology company is allowing iTunes users to watch the “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964” concert film for free for the remainder of the year.

This decision is a smart one for both the Beatles and Apple.

For the technology giant, it fills the one big hole it had in its music collection.

For the legendary rock band, it ensures their epic sound continues to resonate long into the future.

It will also undoubtedly lead to yet another spike in their popularity — and lead to even more record sales.

Jamie DeLoma