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Apple to Shake Hands with the Fab Four

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We're moments away from another big announcement from Apple. Confirmation on the Verizon iPhone? An unveiling of the iPad 2? A cloud-based iTunes, perhaps? Not exactly, but Apple's music software will certainly be found in the sky with diamonds rather shortly.

The Wall Street Journal's merry band of sources "familiar with the matter" claim that the Beatles' catalog will soon be available through iTunes. If true, this can put an end to a decades-long feud which began with Apple's co-opting of the Beatles' record label name and logo -- as well as a broken agreement to never enter the music business.

Keeping in line with Cupertino's clue-laden teasers, the Apple homepage currently contains the message "Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget." Below the message are four clocks representing the time of the announcement throughout the world. Sharp-eyed visitors note the placement of the hands on the clocks roughly correspond with the arms of the band on the cover of their album Help!

The terms of the deal haven't been disclosed and it's not yet known if the music will be available as single-song downloads or as complete albums. Nor do we know if other online retailers -- like Amazon, Walmart, or Google's upcoming music store -- also gained rights to distribute digital tracks.

But the announcement will come soon enough, so until then, we'll have to get by with a little help from our friends.
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