Merry Christmas from The Beatles: group’s music comes to streaming services at midnight
Back catalog of 13 LPs and four compilations will be available tonight via Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Prime Music and other services, just in time for the holidays
The Beatles are going to music streaming services at midnight, just in time for the holidays. Merry Christmas. The news was conveyed through a video uploaded to YouTube through The Beatles’s own video channel.
The move shouldn’t be too surprising, given that the group’s music has been available via iTunes since 2010. Whoever was going to buy those digital files have likely done so already, so on to streaming.
The 13 original albums and four compilation LPs will be available though Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Prime Music and a few other music streaming services, while the band’s music is already available through Pandora (as that service won’t let you play a full album).
Beatles music, like many back catalogs, are available in a number of forms. Browsing through Amazon one can see that the music has been reissued in its original US LP forms, which means getting two songs per CD, of course. But now, if you want, you will be able to create playlists, arranging the songs into whatever form means the most to you. It will also be nice to have something other than Bing Crosby to play this holiday.
Here is the official video from The Beatles (you can start screaming now):