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The Beatles expected to reach Apple Music, Spotify, others by Christmas

by Killian Bell | December 20, 2015December 20, 2015 11:00 am PST


Taylor Swift’s “1989” tour movie isn’t the only treat you’ll get from Apple Music this holiday, it seems. The Beatles will finally be available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, and other music services before Christmas, according to a Billboard report.

Citing “sources with knowledge of the negotiations,” Billboard reports that there are conflicting reports over the exact timing of The Beatles’ arrival, but adds there is a “strong indication” the band’s music will be available for streaming on Christmas Eve.

It’s thought the deal to make this happen was signed and sealed back in September, and although we don’t know exactly which streaming services are on board, sources say that “most, if not all, will have access to the band’s catalog of studio albums.”

The Beatles are one of a few major bands that have avoided the streaming music scene. In fact, until just five years ago, when The Beatles finally made their iTunes debut, their music wasn’t even available to purchase in digital formats.

The band’s decision to finally embrace music streaming is a massive one, then — and it’s sure to please millions of fans around the world. It certainly wouldn’t be surprising if The Beatles’ songs and albums are top of streaming charts by Christmas Day.

But don’t get too excited just yet, because as things stand, this is yet to be confirmed.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...