The Beatles’ back catalogue is to finally appear on music streaming services for the first time from Christmas Eve.
The Beatles’ representative Apple Corps and label Universal Music have announced that they will release the fab four’s music on nine streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon prime Music.
All 13 studio albums and four compilation albums will be available from 12.01am on Christmas Eve for both subscribers and non-paying users.
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) December 23, 2015
The move marks an end to the most high-profile artist hold out from streaming services in a year that also saw AC/DC release their catalogue to stream and follows on from other high-profile hold outs such as Led Zeppelin.
Even without their back catalogue available The Beatles official Spotify profile has almost 1.1 million follows and 350,000 monthly listeners all thanks to a few compilation tracks.
The Beatles back catalogue was immensely popular upon its 2010 digital release on iTunes, selling more than 450 thousand albums and 2 million singles in the first week. Since then there has been a huge shift in the way people consume music as streaming services replaced stored music and so it’s likely that an appetite for the band’s music has built up in that time.
Time will tell whether they can surpass Justin Bieber who is currently the most popular artist on Spotify with 31.7 million monthly listeners. The full list of streaming services that will have the back catalogue on Christmas eve are: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Slacker, Microsoft’s Groove and Rhapsody