And for anyone who's spent a bit of time in the music business, Abkco is historically known as one of the most conservative of the old-time labels, especially when it comes to the cherished Stones catalog. With this move, the entire industry takes another babystep towards embracing the digital age. Abkco should be applauded for choosing the consumer over the bottom line. Finally a major player does so. (eMusic may have paid a mammoth advance, but hell, the consumer still wins.)
It took $400 million billion or something for iTunes to land the Beatles catalog. To these ears, this is a much bigger win for music fans.