The Beatles, a little-known rock band from England, are finally bringing their music (all of it) to streaming services. And unlike other artists who have been selective and withholding, granting only one or two services access to their music, The Beatles’ catalog will be available on nine different streaming services. Nine! So, you can keep your allegiances to your preferred service without the painful repercussion of missing out on every Beatles song ever recorded. That’s a pretty sweet deal.
The band officially announced the launch Wednesday morning with a short video, confirming what had been a widely spread rumor for a few weeks now.
With the holiday season in full swing, we know that you already have a lot on your plate, so we are going to break down everything you need to know about this exciting development.
When Will I Be Able to Stream The Beatles?
The band’s entire catalog will be available starting at 12:01 a.m. local time on December 24, so right now!
Which Services Will They Be On?
Nine services! This isn’t a Taylor Swift/Apple Music situation. The Beatles’ catalog will be available on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Prime Music, Rhapsody, Deezer, Slacker Radio, Google Play, and Microsoft Groove.
What Exactly Will Be Available?
Everything! Even albums released in England. Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles for Sale, Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles, Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road, Let It Be, The Beatles 1962-1966, The Beatles 1967-1970, Past Masters (Volumes 1 & 2), and 1.
Wow! How Many Songs Is That?
Why Are The Beatles Suddenly So Cool With Doing This?
I’m not sure. Maybe they just figured it was time. It’s not as if they haven’t followed trends before, they’ve just traditionally been a little slow in doing so, whether it was releasing their albums on CD or releasing them via iTunes, which they didn’t do until 2010.
So, This Is A Big Win For Everyone, Right?
Well, everyone besides Beatles tribute bands. This latest development is kind of a bummer for them, as it will likely cut into their draw and the public’s need for them. A lot of Beatles tribute bands have released their covers of the band on streaming services, and it goes without saying that people won’t be as keen on The Beatles Tribute Band’s version of “Here Comes the Sun,” which has been streamed more than 7 million times, when they can now get the real thing.
Now that we have everything covered, happy listening!