Apple sells 450,000 Beatles albumsNovember 23, 2010: 5:33 PM ET
A strong, but not a blockbuster showing, according to the New York Times
EMI announced Tuesday that in their first week as digital downloads on iTunes, more than 450,000 Beatles albums and 2 million individual tracks were purchased worldwide.
That's better than the skeptics predicted, but hardly a Beatles record.
According to the New York Times, which crunched the numbers, those 450,000 album downloads -- 119,000 in the U.S., according to Billboard.biz -- pale compared with last year's sales of the remastered albums. In September 2009, EMI sold 626,000 CDs in a week in the U.S. alone.
Judging from the iTunes bestseller lists, sales have already peaked. Abbey Road, the top selling Beatles download, reached the No. 7 spot last week. A week later it had dropped to No. 17.
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