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Apr 12, 2001

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.

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.

Article Link: The Beatles Are Coming to Apple Music on Christmas Eve


macrumors demi-god
Jun 11, 2009
All Beatles music? Not true. The mono versions never even made it to the iTunes Store. Several of the albums available are the 1987 remixes, not the originals.


macrumors 68040
Aug 28, 2013
This is great news for all Apple Music subscribers. I expect Apple Music will get exclusives you just won't find on any other streaming service too.


macrumors G4
Jan 5, 2006
Redondo Beach, California
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


macrumors 65816
Jan 29, 2010
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.
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macrumors regular
Jan 13, 2014
To be honest, their albums are already in my iCloud music library. But I guess it's nice to hear this.
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