Opinion and analysis of the day's music news.

EMI: Beatles Exclusive With iTunes Into 2011
-- EMI says the Beatles "are exclusive with iTunes into 2011." Taken literally, that could mean the exclusive ends in about six weeks. In any case, it looks like iTunes will have the Beatles to itself through the post-holiday gift card season. (Hypebot)

Rhapsody Interested In Beatles Catalog
-- Rhapsody on eventually getting the Beatles catalog: "While the details behind the agreements Apple has made with EMI are too scant for us to comment on any specific plans to carry the Beatles catalogue, the Beatles are obviously one of the world's most influential bands, so we would certainly be interested in offering Beatles music to our subscribers once it becomes available." (paidContent)

New York Wins Court Case Against Amazon.com
-- The State of New York won a court case against Amazon.com over its taxes on Internet purchases. A panel of judges in the Appellate Court upheld a law that requires Internet retailers to collect sales tax on sales of goods to New York residents. New York passed the law, which was enacted in April 2008, to help ease the price advantage Internet retailers have over local brick-and-mortar stores. (The Business Review)

Forrester Analyst On Similarities Between the Book and Music Industries
-- Forrester analyst James McQuivey has some thoughts on the book industry that many people have about the music industry. That is to say he sees some near-term pain before getting to healthy growth.

"[T]he ideas and feelings books provide can be evoked digitally -- in some cases even better than before, and in all cases, more cheaply than before. Some readers with a thing for technology will get there first (shifting a majority of book reading to digital, as today's eReader owners have) while others will take some time to catch up -- indeed, large numbers will never read digitally. They will not have access to the same pool of literature that eBook readers do, but they won't care. Does this seem a dreary future? Not to me; I see a world with more books, more ideas, and more feelings available to more people, more easily than ever before. And yes, it will hurt to get there." (James McQuivey's Forrester blog)

SV Angel's Ron Conway Lists 12 Startups
-- Ron Conway of SV Angel list of 12 startups on the cusp include BankSimple, Savewave and Hipmunk (he has a vested interest in each of them, by the way). There are a couple travel related startups, a few that deal with search and one that offers digital grocery coupons. All very practical startups that are trying to solve some sort of problem or improve upon an existing process. In case you were wondering, none of them have anything to do with entertainment, music or video. Not every investor gets into entertainment startups, of course. Conway's list of investments includes geolocation service Gowalla, viral video aggregator BuzzFeed and social network aggregator TweetDeck. But there has been a noticeable dearth of investments in music-related startups lately, especially anything that would require copyright and licensing issues. (TechCrunch)

Wikipedia Page Breaks Down New Girl Talk Album
-- Just as soon as Girl Talk released his fifth album, "All Day," there is a Wikipedia page with a detailed list of the 372 songs he samples on the album's 12 tracks. Between songwriters and record companies, there are a ton of rights owners with the potential to sue and test his "fair use" argument - if they dare let it go to court and set a precedent. ("All Day" at Wikipedia)