It’s already been a big year for streaming music, but the year isn’t over yet. The determinedly old-school AC/DC finally caved and lent their catalog to services like Spotify and Apple Music back in June, and now, Billboard reports that one of the last big digital holdouts — perhaps the last, and the biggest — will soon be joining them in streaming-land.
That’s right: According to sources “with knowledge of the negotiations,” the Beatles are arriving on streaming platforms. Although reports on the exact timing are conflicting, there’s a “strong indication” that Christmas Eve, 12/24, will be the day. It’s also unclear which streaming services will have the honor of boasting the Fab Four in their catalog — while early rumors suggested an exclusive deal, which would’ve been a massive coup for whichever platform secured that deal, Billboard’s sources now “strongly suggest that most, if not all, will have access to the band’s catalog of studio albums next week.”
The Beatles weren’t on iTunes until 2010, and when they did finally arrive, they sold two million songs in their first week. So yeah, if it’s true, this is a very big deal indeed!
UPDATE: Re/code reports that the Beatles’ music will indeed be available on streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play, and Amazon Prime Music starting Christmas Eve.