Ringo Starr plans downloads of song catalog, greatest hits album

Ringo Starr is going digital.

The ex-Beatle has signed a deal to release his Capitol/EMI catalog as downloads on the internet, including his hit 1970 album "Beaucoups of Blues" and "Ringo" from 1973, his publicist said in a statement Sunday.

The downloads will be available Aug. 28, along with a compilation album, "Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr." The best-of collection, with tracks like "It Don't Come Easy" and "Sentimental Journey," will also be released on CD and as a collector's edition CD/DVD package featuring a film and video clips.

Six Ringo Starr ringtones will also be offered.

A solo album, called "Liverpool 8," is planned for a January 2008 release.

Starr's first solo recording contract after the Beatles broke up was with Capitol/EMI, from 1970 to 1975.

His former Fab Four bandmate Paul McCartney released his 21st solo album, "Memory Almost Full," on June 5.

The Beatles catalog remains unavailable for downloading, though EMI has said it is working on a deal to put the songs online.