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McCartney blames EMI for lack of digital Beatles` songs

London: Music legend Paul McCartney has criticised executives at record label giant EMI for failing to bring the Beatles` music into the digital age, insisting that "business hassles" have kept the Fab Four`s tunes off the Internet.

The British band`s tracks are currently not licensed for Internet downloads, so fans are unable to buy the songs digitally through online retailers.

Bosses at EMI, the company that owns the Beatles` recordings, have long been in negotiations with the surviving band members and Apple Corps to make the catalogue available online - but the talks have so far failed to result in a deal.

McCartney is upset about it and has put the blame on EMI, but hopes the "crazy" situation will be resolved in the future, reported Contactmusic.

"To tell you the truth I don`t actually understand how it`s got so crazy. I know iTunes would like to do it, so one day it`s going to happen. It`s been business hassles, 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," said McCartney.

But the 67-year-old star doesn`t fear that a new generation of INTERNET-using music fans will miss out on the group`s legacy.

"We get so played and noticed and tributed (sic) as the Beatles that I`m not complaining," he said.

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