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Apple sues Apple
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San Jose, California-AP -- The Beatles want to take another bite out of Apple Computer.

The Beatles' record company, Apple Corps, is suing Apple Computer, claiming the technology company violated an agreement by entering the music business with its i-Tunes online store.

Apple computer founder Steve Jobs is said to have chosen the Apple name in part as a tribute to the Beatles, who released most of their recordings on the Apple label. But the i-Tunes store doesn't carry any of their songs because Apple Corps hasn't authorized distribution on the Internet.

Apple's i-Tunes Music Store has sold more than ten (m) million songs at 99 cents each since its debut in April. The store is central to Apple's strategy to promote its computers as digital entertainment hubs.

The Beatles have sued Apple Computer twice before -- once over the corporate name and again over the use of the apple logo on music-synthesizing products.

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