Saturday, April 20, 2024

Beatles Streaming? We Told You in August It Could Happen Before the End of the Year


Rampant rumors all day Friday that the Beatles may start allowing streaming of their music beginning Christmas eve.

I told you this on August 5th:

But listen, do you want to know a secret? The Beatles do far better keeping their music off of streaming services. Their albums and box sets are still big sellers, at the retail price. Unless they’ve negotiated special fees with Spotify, Apple, and even, hmmm, Tidal, I don’t know why they would cave in agree to this. They’re doing just fine without it.

Is it happening? Seems like it. First, I did report it from an excellent source. Second, all the people involved have gone radio silent in the last 24 hours.

Here’s one reasoning for all this: the new Beatles “1+1” box offers new stereo mixes of the 27 #1 songs. The mixes are so amazing that the Beatles will probably remix the whole catalog this way. So why not stream the old mixes? Then they can advertise the new mixes on CD and download, and not on streaming, in the future?

Let’s see what happens. But do remember who told you first, kids.

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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