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You can blame him for "Band on the Run" or "Ebony and Ivory," but according to Sir Paul McCartney, it's not his fault that the Fab Four's oeuvre isn't available on iTunes.

"It's been business hassles," the world's most famous left-handed bass guitarist told the BBC's Newsbeat. "Not with us, or iTunes. It's the people in the middle, the record label. There have been all sorts of reasons why they don't want to do it."

It's EMI's fault, in other words. But in a sniffily worded soupçon of corporatese, EMI told Newsbeat: "Discussions are ongoing. We would love to see The Beatles' music available for sale digitally."

Which, of course, means absolutely zero, zip, squat, zilch, or - to use a word that might get you deported from Arizona - nada.

Even on the day that Apple launched iTunes back in April 2003, the question of "Where are the Beatles?" was raised. Since then, rumors have repeatedly surfaced and resurfaced that the song stylings of Sir Paul, Yoko's husband, one of the top 10,000 guitarists in Liverpool, and Pete Best's replacement were about to become available on Apple's mega-über–ultrasuccessful online music store.

But nope. Not yet, at least.

"To tell you the truth I don't actually understand how it's got so crazy," the baby-faced billionaire told Newsbeat.

But it's not his fault. It's EMI's. And discussions are ongoing. ®

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