It’s official. All music by The Beatles will be available to stream from Christmas Eve. They have previously boycotted all streaming services (with the exception of Pandora, which has some of their music), however, it seems they have finally given in.
According to Re/code, as of December 24th almost every single streaming service you can name including Spotify (for free!), Apple Music, Google Play, TIDAL and Amazon Prime Music will have all of The Beatles’ music within their libraries. Pandora, however, misses out due to differences in licensing agreements.
It has been reported that the deal was made back in January when former Universal Music Group digital executive Rob Wells brought the idea back to the table. It wasn’t until September that the papers were signed and the plan was locked in.
While the world’s greatest band has embraced the streaming revolution, there are still many artists who have not. Joanna Newsom and Def Leppard are among them. Others, such as Adele and Taylor Swift, have not allowed some of their music to be streamed for free.
Adele has recently opened up about her feelings on streaming to Time Magazine in a recent interview. “I don’t use streaming,” she said. “I buy my music. I download it, and I buy a physical [copy] just to make up for the fact that someone else somewhere isn’t. It’s a bit disposable, streaming.”
She continued: “I know that streaming music is the future, but it’s not the only way to consume music,” she said. “I can’t pledge allegiance to something that I don’t know how I feel about yet.”
So now, instead of Christmas carols, you and your family can spend Christmas Eve blasting The White Album or Revolver from your laptop speakers as you wait for Santa to climb down your chimney. Merry Christmas!