The Beatles have confirmed the news: Their catalog will be available to stream starting at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 24.
Fans will be available to find The Beatles on Spotify, Apple Music, Slacker, Deezer, Google Play, Tidal, Groove, Rhapsody, and Amazon Prime.
According to a press release from Spotify, both paid and unpaid users will be able to listen to the available albums:
Please, Please Me
With The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
Beatles For Sale
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Magical Mystery Tour
Let It Be
The Beatles 1962 – 1966
The Beatles 1967 – 1970
Past Masters (Volumes 1 & 2)
On The Beatles website, you can follow the availability of the band on streaming services through a spinning planet that highlights when the catalog goes live. The band is asking people to tweet with the hashtag: #thebeatlesstreaming.
Despite maintaining an impressive pioneering streak for pretty much their entire career, the Beatles have always been slow to take up new tech. The Fab Four were a few years late to the CD boom of the 80s, releasing their catalog in 1987. They didn’t remaster those discs for more than two decades. Then there was The Beatles: Rock Band, which was a pretty bold experiment for the group (or rather “the weird corporate board-like entity made up of 2 members and a tangle of families that now controls the group”). They were also about six years late to the iTunes Store, but still sold 2 million songs in their first week.
Now that downloads are the new dinosaurs (unless your name is Adele), the Beatles are just the latest ensigns to our Brave New World where all the world’s music is available to stream on demand (unless your name is Adele).
The Beatles are entering the streaming game with some significant numbers under their belt — they have sold an estimated 600 million albums, tapes, cassettes and downloads, to date.
We’ll be keeping an eye on those streaming stats. Look for them to dominate Billboard’s On Demand Songs chart. Meanwhile Justin Bieber, the newly minted champion of Spotify, might have his short streak broken.