The Beatles confirmed to end streaming boycott on Christmas Eve

Previous rumours appear to be true

New reports appear to confirm that The Beatles will begin streaming their back-catalogue online on Christmas Eve (December 24).

The Fab Four’s music has been notably absent from streaming services for many years but now tech website Re/Code claims that this will all end on Thursday.

Billboard previously reported that “sources” indicated the fourpiece’s popular single ‘Hey Jude’, along with studio albums, would be streamed on December 24, as well as a possible six-month deal for a big-name streaming site.

Now, however, Re/Code reports that The Beatles’ music will appear on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, TIDAL and Amazon Prime Music.

Unlike artists such as Taylor Swift, The Beatles’ music will also be available on free tier versions of services.


Earlier this month, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr auctioned off the first ever copy of the The Beatles self-titled 1968 album, with the item selling for $910,000 (£600,000).

More commonly known as ‘The White Album’, each unit of the record came with its own serial number stamped on the cover.

The first numbered copy of the LP was rumoured to be John Lennon’s who, according to Paul McCartney, “shouted the loudest” for it when the band decided to have the copies numbered.

The first four pressings of the album were all in possession of The Beatles, while copy No. 0000005 sold at an auction in 2008 for a little less than $30,000 (£20,000).

The No. 0000001 album was sold by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. Proceeds from the sale went to the Lotus Foundation, which was founded by Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach.