Paul McCartney says he sometimes listens to bootleg Beatles music, but he's ambivalent about releasing such recordings.

McCartney, the other two surviving former Beatles and EMI Records settled protracted lawsuits a year ago, clearing the way for the release of some of the band's unreleased audio and video work - and possibly some of hundreds of hours of studio outtakes, The New York Times reported Sunday."If someone were to come to me and say, `Look, I've got this very charismatic little album of outtakes,' I'd have no problem with that," McCartney said. "I do like to hear some of the bootlegs, where we're setting up things. And I often argue with people that if Picasso was great, then his sketches are great, too."