London, Dec. 13 (Reuters): Rare recordings of 59 songs by the Beatles will go on sale for the first time on Tuesday when Apple Records makes them available for download.
Apple, a label founded by the Beatles in 1968, said it would release a series of tracks from the early 1960s that were previously only available as bootleg recordings.
Among the songs to be released on iTunes are versions of She Loves You, A Taste of Honey and There’s a Place, as well as outtakes, demos and live performances recorded for BBC radio.
A spokeswoman for Apple Records declined to explain the timing of the release or comment on speculation that it was aimed at extending copyright over the material.
In 2011, the EU ruled that copyright over sound recordings should be extended from 50 to 70 years from next year, but only for recordings released before the 50-year term had expired.