After shunning streaming services, the Fab Four will finally be making their back catalogue available.
The Beatles music has finally been confirmed as hitting a range of streaming services just in time for Christmas. The band’s official twitter account made the announcement today, with their full catalogue becoming available from tomorrow, Christmas Eve.
From tomorrow you will finally be able to stream The Beatles’ music.
‘December 24 at 12:01am local time, The Beatles’ music is available for streaming worldwide,’ the announcement read, with a link to the band’s official site. The music will be available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Napster/Rhapsody, Slacker Radio, Tidal and Amazon's Prime Music service. The songs will not, however, be available on Pandora.
A statement from Spotify read: "The Beatles' catalogue will be available on Spotify for all of our users (both free and Premium). Fans will be able to stream all 13 remastered studio albums, as well as four essential collections from the greatest band in modern history.”
Speaking to BBC News, Chris Cooke, co-founder of the music industry news site CMU said: "In terms of digital The Beatles have always been quite late to the party - they came to iTunes in 2010, which was a good five years after the iTunes Music Store started gaining momentum."
"We had expected they would probably do an exclusive deal to stream their music with one service, but it looks like instead they are going to be pretty much everywhere from day one. So, I suppose that is them accepting that streaming is now a very serious, significant part of the record industry.”
The Fab Four have always been late to embrace the latest developments in music. It took them six years to appear on iTunes, but when they did they sold two million songs during their first week. They also waited 22 years to digitally remaster their music after initially releasing it on CD in 1987.
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