Starting Christmas Eve, You Can Stream The Beatles

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It’s finally been announced that the music of The Beatles will be available to stream on nine different services as of 12:01 AM local time on Christmas Eve.

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According to the official Beatles website, the streaming services providing the music of the Fab Four will include:

  • Spotify (both free and premium accounts)
  • Apple Music
  • Slacker
  • Tidal
  • Microsoft’s Groove
  • Rhapsody
  • Deezer
  • Google Play
  • Amazon Prime

And you’ll be able to listen to the following albums:

  • 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)
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Rumors had swirled in the past few days about the music of The Beatles being made available for streaming, and now it’s very clearly official. In fact, people in New Zealand are already taking advantage.

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This is somewhat of a watershed moment for music streaming. The Beatles have been notoriously slow to appear on new music services—it took years for them to make it to iTunes, for instance.

The fact that the band’s back catalog is now appearing on pretty much every music streaming service is a reminder that the way we consume music has changed dramatically. It also demonstrates that the record industry is, if somewhat begrudgingly, beginning to realise that it may have to embrace that.

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Thank you Internet... what a wonderful christmas present!

I imagine it’s hard for you young people to understand the impact that the Beatles had in the ‘60s. Prior pop music was acts like Frankie Avalon, and before that Elvis. The top hit of 1963 was Sugar Shack by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs. The Beatles exploded onto the scene in early 1964 and dominated popular music for the next seven years; I was there. Their appearance on the Ed Sullivan show marked the beginning of the ‘60s as a cultural phenomenon, and their 1967 hyper-hit album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, well... it touched a nerve. The war in Viet Nam was going badly, the political landscape was fracturing under our feet, and we thought Russia might beat us to the moon, but man the music was transcendental. There was never anything like the Beatles, and there probably never will be again.