Sunday, April 14, 2024

Beatles Still Not Streaming on Apple Music: May Be Soon, But Not Exclusively


Two months into Apple Music and still no Beatles. It’s odd because the Beatles have an exclusive downloading arrangement on iTunes. You still can only download the Beatles historic catalog from iTunes and now here else.

A source close to the Fab Four and knowledgeable about their business issues gave me some insight. “I do think you’ll see the Beatles streaming before the end of the year,” they said. “But not exclusively on Apple Music. I think you’ll see it across the board.”

In other words, the Beatles may appear on Spotify at the same time they hit Apple. The group’s solo tracks by John, Paul, George and Ringo are all on Spotify now, so that makes sense. Spotify subscribers (like yours truly) would howl if Apple Music got the Beatles to themselves.

So what’s taking so long? Is it money? “No,” my source insists. “It’s just that things happen in Beatles time. They were the last to go to CD, the last to be downloaded. They will be the last for streaming.”

My source says 90 days from now isn’t unlikely, but Christmas seems like a good target time.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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