Turns out Universal Music Group was everyone's Secret Santa this year.
The music behemoth, which owns the rights to The Beatles' catalog, has announced that the Fab Four will be available to stream on nine services beginning Christmas Eve.
Those services are: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Slacker, Groove and Rhapsody.
At 12:01 AM on Dec. 24 in each time zone, the group's 13 remastered albums will be available to stream, along with four compilation albums.
Until now, the vast majority of The Beatles' tunes in digital format had only been available to purchase on iTunes, which boasted a massive number of downloads immediately after making the band's catalog available in 2010. Over the first week, Apple sold 450,000 Beatles albums and more than 2 million singles.
The interim five years have seen a rise in the popularity of music streaming, and such services have been slowly filling in the gaps in their libraries with other classic bands' catalogs. Even if the kids these days don't appreciate them!
Earlier this year, scores of young Twitter users trolled the mainstream media by pretending they didn't know who Paul McCartney was after news broke that the famous Beatle had collaborated with millennial favorite Kanye West. It's no secret that streaming audiences tend to be younger, and since Spotify, for one, publishes charts listing its most popular tracks, we'll see exactly how much love its users have for John, Paul, George and Ringo.
But The Beatles Spotify page -- right now, without its catalog, mostly useless -- has already accumulated 1.1 million followers. So it would seem The Beatles are as timeless as ever. And their presence might just pull some millennials' parents into the streaming fold, too.
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