The surviving Beatles see "no future" in digital music distribution.

With the demise of John Lennon and George Harrison, drummer Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney (who recently gave up in his attempt to have the credits on Beatles songs changed from Lennon/McCartney to McCartney/Lennon) have no plans to make the group's enormous catalogue of music available online, according to the BBC.

A spokesman for music publisher EMI said: "The Beatles have chosen not to put their music online – I do not know their reasoning."

Consumers who want to download music will only be able to get Beatles songs through illegal means; or buy and rip legally-acquired CDs – though Napster showed the likely outcome of that decision.

Beatles PR Geoff Baker was offhand, confirming the band has no plans to go online, adding: "I do not think there is any reason for it all."

Meanwhile, the litigation between the Beatles, who still retain the Apple trademark, and Apple Computer appears set to continue "for years," as Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently observed.