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The Beatles Are Coming to Apple Music on Christmas Eve

The full music collection of The Beatles will be available on Apple Music and other music streaming services on Christmas Eve, according to a new report from Re/code. The report comes a week after a similar report from Billboard, which said that The Beatles were coming to a streaming service on Christmas Eve but did not specify which one.

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The world’s most famous band will finally be available on streaming music services, starting this Thursday, Christmas Eve. And they’ll be available very, very widely: Industry sources say that the Fab Four’s music will be on all of the obvious music services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and Tidal, as well as some you might not expect, including Amazon’s Prime Music.
The only music service that won't have full access to The Beatles' catalog is Pandora, which doesn't do direct deals with music owners. However, Pandora does offer some access to select Beatles songs on its web radio service. Additionally, The Beatles' catalog will also be available on music services' free tiers, unlike artists like Taylor Swift.

The Beatles' catalog originally appeared on iTunes back in 2010, giving Apple exclusive rights to the digital distribution of the famous band's music until 2011. More recently, "The Beatles: +1" collection debuted on iTunes, packaged with remastered versions of hit songs and mini-movies made by the famous quartet.

Update: The Beatles have confirmed their music will be available on Apple Music and eight other streaming music services worldwide on December 24 at 12:01 a.m. local time.



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9 months ago
Well I'm glad I read the news today, oh boy.
Rating: 36 Votes
9 months ago
Finally some exposure for these plucky upstarts from across the pond.
Rating: 22 Votes
9 months ago
Why all the hate. As an Apple Music user, great! Biggest band ever can be listened to. Awesome!
Rating: 18 Votes
9 months ago
I couldn't remember why I've stopped reading the comments on MR stories, and then I decided to take a peek at the ones for this story and suddenly it all came back to me.
Rating: 16 Votes
9 months ago
The title is misleading. It's not exclusive to Apple Music, but "widely, widely available" on almost all music services starting Dec 24. Nothing special to see here...
Rating: 12 Votes
9 months ago
I remember the the beatles were new and truly innovative. But that was years ago.

You'd be surprised to see how many high school kids wear t-shirts with 60's and 70's bands printed on them. Those four photos from Let It Be is not uncommon on today's teens. To these kids the Beatles are new. Once a 16 year old student asked me if I knew about this old band called "The Doors"

Many of them "get it" too, They still like Paul's words "I lit a fire" and ask if their is an apostrophe before the S in Fields (forever) There will always be new generations of listeners and each one will discover that "Mother Mary" is Pau's actual mother who died when he was young coming back to him in a dream

For many of us this music is old and we've hear every remix and repackaging but there will always be a new generation of listeners
Rating: 11 Votes
9 months ago

Why all the hate. As an Apple Music user, great! Biggest band ever can be listened to. Awesome!


Oh it's just these young Millenials bashing some band their grandparents listened to. Stream them some Lady Gaga and they'll be happy again.
Rating: 11 Votes
9 months ago
This is an amazing Christmas gift! I didn't think they'd ever come to Apple Music! Yay!

...So much hate in the forum. It's like I'm reading Vine comments anymore.
Rating: 11 Votes
9 months ago
This is hilarious. People are actually mad a band is now available to listen on streaming? Nobody is making you listen to them.

The rest of us normal people who recognize them as one of the greatest and most influental bands of all time can go back to being happy about this.

And yes for most of us music fans this is a more than news worthy on macrumors.
Rating: 10 Votes
9 months ago
I am a bit surprised that Eddie Cue couldn't make this an Apple Music exclusive, at least for 3 months or so. Nonetheless, it's great that The Beatles are joining the party. Streaming is all about the network effect: the fewer holdouts, the better the value.

The title is misleading. It's not exclusive to Apple Music, but "widely, widely available" on almost all music services starting Dec 24. Nothing special to see here...

Hop off that Jump To Conclusions mat. The title neither states nor implies that it's exclusive.

Lossy streaming.

ENH. You can download Apple Music files so they reside on your device and not streamed.
Rating: 8 Votes

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