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The Beatles’ music will be available on nine streaming music services.

Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, Tidal and Amazon Prime Music are among those services that will offer the Beatles’ tracks worldwide.

The Beatles split up in April 1970. However, their songs – including Hey Jude and Yesterday – remain hugely popular and influential.

Other services that have secured the Beatles’ catalogue include Deezer, Microsoft Groove, Napster and Slacker Radio.

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The deal involves rights to stream 224 songs from the original 13 studio albums released in the UK as well as “essential” collections including Past Masters.

The tracks will be made available from December 24.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr clocked up 17 No 1 singles in the British charts as the Beatles.

But long after the band broke up they continued to issue songs and compilations, the most recent of which was an expanded edition of Beatles 1 put on sale last month.

The Beatles announcement comes as a number of high-profile artists – including Neil Young, Prince and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke – have questioned the value of streaming services.

The most prominent example is Adele.

Adele’s new album, 25, has sold more than seven million copies without appearing on any streaming platform, although she has made her single Hello available.


Taylor Swift has announced her 1989 album will appear on Apple’s new streaming service.

Earlier this week the singer challenged Apple over the fact they weren’t planning to pay royalties to artists during Apple Music’s three-month trial period.

After seeing Taylor Swift’s open letter, Apple Music backed down and will now pay artists during the initial trial.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 is not currently available on any streaming services.

The singer tweeted: “After the events of this week, I’ve decided to put 1989 on Apple Music…and happily so.

“In case you’re wondering if this is some exclusive deal like you’ve seen Apple do with other artists, it’s not.”

In her original letter Taylor Swift had said that “three months is a long time to go unpaid” and said it was “unfair” to expect people to work for nothing.

“I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done… I think this could be the platform that gets it [music streaming] right,” she added.Taylor Swift 1989 album back on Apple Music

Apple Music, which launches on June 30, will allow users to stream the company’s vast catalogue of singles and albums and is set to cost $9.99 per month for one person or $14.99 for families.

The company says it plans to pay 73% of the music subscription revenue to music owners.

Apple executive Eddy Cue said the firm had already planned to pay artists a higher rate after the trail period was over to compensate for the first three months of free service given to customers.

They had already been hearing “a lot of concern from indie artists about not getting paid during the three-month trial period” before Taylor Swift spoke out.

Eddy Cue also said: “We never looked at it as not paying them.”

Taylor Swift tweeted: “This is simply the first time it’s felt right in my gut to stream my album. Thank you, Apple, for your change of heart.”

In 2014, Taylor Swift removed her entire back catalogue from Spotify, saying the business had “shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically”.

Now the only Taylor Swift tracks on the streaming service are from compilation albums.

Jay-Z’s company, Project Panther, has bid to take over Sweden-based company Aspiro AB – which owns music streaming services WiMP and Tidal – for a reported $56 million.

WiMP, which rivals Spotify in some countries, is funded by paid subscriptions and has a one month free trial available.

It is currently available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Poland.

The service is also available in the US the UK, where it is called Tidal (which streams music in HD).

The move will put Jay-Z in competition with Beats Music, founded by Dr. Dre and bought by Apple in 2014.

Tidal currently offers users access to 25 million tracks, in addition to 75,000 music videos and other content including artist interviews for £19.99 ($24) per month.

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That contrasts with Spotify’s charge of $12 per month for 30 million tracks.

Jay-Z has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and is estimated to be worth $520 million, but as well as being one of the world’s biggest selling music artists, he has a range of business interests.

If successful, Jay-Z’s bid will add streaming to a portfolio including 40/40 Club sports bars, Armand de Brignac Champagne and clothing brand Rocawear.

His company Project Panther described Aspiro as “an innovative high-quality company with strong future growth potential”.

WiMP has 512,000 paying users in Europe, making it far smaller than its main rival Spotify – it boasts 15 million paying subscribers across more than 60 countries.

The deal looks set to go ahead as Aspiro published a press release welcoming the offer.

“Panther is deemed to possess the capacity to develop the company in a privately owned environment,” the statement said.

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