The Beatles Confirm Their Catalog Will Hit Streaming Services For the First Time Thursday
The long and winding road to streaming your favorite Beatles songs is almost over -- the band announced earlier today that their entire back catalog will be available across platforms starting tomorrow (Dec. 24) at 12:01 a.m, rumors first reported by Billboard.
The group's long holdout from streaming mirror their belated arrival to the world of downloads, via an exclusive contract with Apple's iTunes in 2010. There's no such exclusivity in their streaming plan, though: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Slacker, Microsoft’s Groove, and Rhapsody (including its Napster service in the UK) will all have access to The Beatles' library of classic songs.
The decision to start streaming comes after a number of high-profile disputes about what the listening medium means for artists, and whether they're fairly compensated. Taylor Swift and Adele both elected to severely limit the availability of their music on streaming sites (in Adele's case, her most recent album 25 isn't available at all), while AC/DC just started streaming their catalog this year.
The Beatles have made an event of their move to modernity, telling fans they can follow along online as the world gets access to their music for the first time, yet again.