It's Official: The Beatles' Music Debuts On Streaming Services On Christmas Eve
December 23, 2015 at 7:16 AM (PT)
As tipped earlier (NET NEWS 12/21), THE BEATLES will finally have all of their recorded music streamed worldwide on CHRISTMAS EVE (212/24) at 12:01 a.m. local times around the globe. ROLLING STONE reports that the BEATLES' catalog arrives on nine different streaming services, including AMAZON PRIME MUSIC, RHAPSODY, DEEZER, SLACKER RADIO, GOOGLE PLAY and MICROSOFT GROOVE.
The streaming deal the BEATLES' U.K. albums, the two volumes of THE PAST MASTERS, YELLOW SUBMARINE and a trio of greatest hits compilations, THE BEATLES 1962–1966, THE BEATLES 1967–1970 and 1, totaling 224 songs. All of their solo work has already been streaming.
THE BEATLES' catalog didn't officially enter the digital music world until iTUNES picked up right in 2010, more than five years after the digital music store launch. Prior to that, THE BEATLES' discography was similarly sluggish to embrace compact disc.
In celebration of their "debut" on streaming services, THE BEATLES' official website has posted a graphic of the revolving Earth being illuminated by the sun, with countries currently past 12:01a DECEMBER 24th local time able to access the FAB FOUR's albums on streaming services. "The band of sun appears where THE BEATLES are streaming now. Watch as the music spreads around the globe on CHRISTMAS EVE," the band's site wrote, encouraging fans to use the hashtag #TheBeatlesStreaming on social media.