Beatles Albums To Be Added To Streaming Services

The Beatles’ music is being added to streaming services for the first time on Christmas Eve.

After years of refusing to make their back catalogue available to streaming customers, 224 songs from the original 13 studio albums will go online.

Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal are among nine services that will offer the tracks worldwide.

The albums will not be restricted to subscribers only, so users of the free-tier services on Spotify and Deezer will also be able to stream them.

Streaming platforms are overtaking digital downloads as a source of income for the music industry.

The number of songs streamed in the UK stands at around 25 billion this year, up from 13.7 million in 2014.

Gennaro Castaldo, from music industry body the BPI, said: “An increasing number of music consumers are switching to streaming for their day to day needs, while still also buying and collecting their favourite artists on vinyl and CD, so the addition of such iconic albums can only accelerate the dramatic growth of this digital platform.”

The Beatles were the most high-profile artist holdout from streaming services.

This year AC/DC, who had previously refused to make their back catalogue available to stream, also changed their mind.

The Beatles were late to add their albums to the paid-for iTunes store, only making them available in 2010.

As a result, 10 songs made it into the top 100 but the top-selling song Hey Jude only reached number 40.

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