The Beatles on iTunes a hit among Apple’s Top Albums

Apple’s announcement of The Beatles on iTunes received mixed reviews on Tuesday, but sales still appear strong despite or because of the hype.

While Take That take number one and two in the ‘Top Albums’ chart on the iTunes UK Store, The Beatles are still represented.

The 1973 compilation The Beatles 1967-1970 – The Blue Album – is currently at 10, while Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from 1967 is at 11.

At 13 is The Beatles 1962-1966 – The Red Album, at 24 Abbey Road from 1969, while The Beatles – White Album from 1968 is at 29.

Revolver from 1966 is at 34, Rubber Soul from 1965 at 37, Please Please Me from 1963 at 43, Magical Mystery Tour from 1967 at 44, while A Hard Day’s Night from 1964 is at 60.

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With The Beatles from 1963 is at 73, Past Masters, Vol 1 & 2 from 1988 at 89, Beatles for Sale from 1964 at 89, Help! from 1965 at 91, while Yellow Submarine from 1969 is at a lowly 138.

It would seem The Beatles back catalogue is being bought as albums rather than individual tracks. Among the ‘Top Songs’ Hey Jude is currently at relatively low 31, Twist & Shout at 42, Let It Be at 47, Here Come The Sun at 53, Blackbird at 67, I Saw Her Standing There at 76, In My Life at 79, Come Together meanwhile is at 80.

A Day In The Life is at 85, Help! at 93, Eleanor Rigby at 94, Let It Be at 98, While My Guitar Gently Weeps at 99 in the top 100 downloads.

Single albums are available for purchase and download for £10.99 each, double albums for £17.99 each and individual songs for 99p each.

The £125 The Beatles Box Set is at 39, which includes all 13 Beatles studio albums, as well as the Past Masters collection, videos and concert footage.

Meanwhile, EMI has confirmed that The Beatles will be an iTunes exclusive  “into 2011” after which other download services are likely to offer the extensive back catalogue digitally.