Beatles Rock Band Videogame to Arrive in September

Fab Four's first venture into digital sales is in a music-based game


The Beatles and MTV Games released details today on the Fab Four's first foray into digital music and video games. The Beatles: Rock Band will arrive Sept. 9 for the Wii, XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. The game itself will sell for $60 with optional and pricey ($100 and up) controllers modeled after instruments used by the group's members.

The release date is in time for the holiday season. It also happens to be "number nine, number nine, number nine" -- which I'm sure is just a coincidence.

Unknown is when the Beatles' music itself would finally appear for sale as digital downloads. Periodic rumors surface that have the group's Apple Corps talking to different download services. There have been occasional trademark tensions between the group and the owner of iTunes, but it would be symmetry for Apple to first strike a deal with Apple, no?