All you need is love and a good playlist. The Beatles’ music has been made available on a range of streaming services for the first time, seemingly just in time for Christmas meals around the world. The Fab Four’s back catalog has been made available to users of Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon Prime Music, Deezer, Microsoft Groove, Napster and Slacker Radio. The latest move comes five years after the iconic band’s music was first made available for download on iTunes.
Though they split for good in 1970, the band’s music has proven remarkably popular with subsequent generations of music lovers. The decision to go wide now across streaming platforms comes after Apple Corp and Universal Music decided against doing a single exclusive deal. The Beatles are arguably the most high-profile band yet to join the burgeoning streaming music sector. The band’s remastered 13 studio albums and four compilation albums will be available from a minute past midnight on Thursday. Access will not be restricted to subscribers only.
Streaming, while generally acknowledged as the future of music, has not been universally embraced by all artists. Adele, by some measure the industry’s biggest-selling artist this year, has not allowed her smash new album 25 to be available on the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. Taylor Swift is another to keep her music off streaming platforms.
As measures of their enduring popularity, the Beatles sold 450,000 albums and 2 million singles in their first week on iTunes back in 2010. The band’s Spotify page was, at the time of writing, already followed by more than 1 million fans.