Report: The Beatles will soon arrive on music streaming services

Music streaming fans, do you need a little more Ringo in your life? Or perhaps you’re more of the Paul persuasion? No matter who your favorite Beatle is, so far you haven’t been able to listen to their music through streaming services like Spotify and Rhapsody.

That may be about to change, though: Billboard reports that, according to its sources, The Beatles’ back catalog will arrive on music streaming services starting Christmas Eve, December 24th. 

What’s less clear, however, is which services will gain rights to The Beatles, but Billboard reports that “most, if not all”  major streaming services will get The Beatles in the coming days. 

The story behind the story: Billbord characherizes The Beatles as being “notoriously slow” to adpot new technology and forms of distribution, and even that might be an understatement. For instance, it wasn’t until late 2010 that The Beatles arrived on iTunes , and Apple deemed it to be a sufficiently big deal that it ran an ad campaign to promote the band’s digital offerings. That happened a full seven years after the iTunes Store came about. Now, in 2015, we are already several years into the streaming music boom, and again, The Beatles are a few steps behind.

The Beatles’ appeal may be timeless, but it’d be great to see the band do a better job at keeping up with the times.

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