For those who wanted to hop onto Spotify or Apple Music and hear “I Want To Hold Your Hand” or “A Day in the Life,” their holiday wish is about to be granted.
Music by the Beatles will arrive on multiple streaming services, including Tidal, Amazon Prime Music, and Google Play, on Dec. 24.
Universal Music Group is currently in charge of the band’s catalogue. In addition to the other services, the Beatles tunes will arrive on Napster/Rhapsody, Deezer, Slacker Radio, and Microsoft Groove.
Customers who do not have a paid account on Spotify can still stream the music, according to the service.
The Beatles’ music popping up on streaming services is seen as another sign that that particular method of listening to music isn’t going anywhere.
Fellow British import Adele recently made waves in the music industry when she and her team decided not to stream her new album “25.” Adele’s hit single “Hello,” which appears on “25,” can be streamed, but not the full album.
Despite not appearing on streaming services, Adele’s “25” is still selling incredibly well, coming in ahead of artists such as Justin Bieber whose works are available to stream. As of last year, the Billboard 200, over which Adele is currently reigning, includes streaming data and other information in their ranking. Adele’s “25” not streaming didn’t stop it from topping that chart.
Singer Taylor Swift has not put her music on Spotify, where users can listen to songs without having a paid account, though she added her music to Apple Music. Swift had previously written a letter that came out against Apple Music’s business plan of not reimbursing artists for songs that were played during a user’s free trial and Apple Music changed its ways.
Warner Music Group, which represents such artists as Ed Sheeran and Lily Allen, recently revealed that money from streaming exceeded that of money from downloads in this past year. Streaming increased 47 percent in the fourth quarter of the year for Warner Music Group. WMG is the first big music company to report that their streaming revenue was more than their download revenue.
In 2014, in the industry overall, song downloads and album sales declined but streaming was up.
As for the Beatles, their decision to put their music on streaming services and their delay in doing so echoes their music appearing on iTunes in 2010 after a long wait for fans.