Beatles catalogue coming to music streaming services on Christmas Eve
Christmas has come early. The Beatles’ entire back catalogue is due to hit nine different music streaming platforms on Christmas Eve.
The Beatles’ songs will be available from 24 December, 12.01am (local time) on Apple Music, Spotify, Slacker, Tidal, Groove, Rhapsody, Deezer, Google Play and Amazon Prime.
If you head over to The Beatles site, you’ll be able to watch a “band of sun” spread across the globe as streaming becomes available after midnight. Not sure why you’d do that, but there it is. I’d much rather listen to the music.
The announcement follows rumours from Billboard earlier this month, which claimed that The Beatles’ back catalogue would go online in time for Christmas Eve.
The Beatles are famously reticent when it comes to releasing their music on digital platforms, holding out on iTunes for several years before finally offering their music for download in 2010.
It will be interesting to see how this affects the argument surrounding platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music. Several artists including Thom Yorke, Prince and Adele have criticised the business models of online streaming.