Christmas came early last night for Beatles fans as the band’s entire back-catalog was made available on streaming services around the world.
Fans can now stream the Beatles’ 13 studio albums and two compilation albums on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Slacker, Tidal, Groove, Rhapsody and Deezer.
Early figures from Spotify suggest that in less than 12 hours, Beatles songs have been streamed a huge 413,000 times.
The most-streamed tracks so far are:
1. Let It Be
2. Here Comes The Sun
3. Hey Jude
4. Twist and Shout
5. Come Together
But with currently less than 1000 streams each, it speaks volumes about the vast range of Beatles music, streamers are now delving into.
In an age when some of the music industry’s biggest stars – namely Taylor Swift and Adele – are making a stand against music subscription services by withholding their music, this decision by the remaining members and heirs of The Fab Four makes a firm statement that digital music streaming is here – and it isn’t going anywhere fast.
Two other rock greats – Led Zeppelin and AC/DC – also abandoned their no-streaming policy earlier in the year.