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The Beatles are coming to a streaming service near you this Christmas

You can rock out to your favorite Beatles songs on a number of streaming services this Christmas.

Starting on Dec. 24 at 12.01am local time, the band will finally stream its back catalogue (13 remastered studio albums and four compilations) on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer, Amazon Prime, Microsoft’s Groove, Rhapsody, and Slacker.

The Beatles have slowly been adapting to new technology over the years. The band finally added its back catalogue to iTunes in 2010, and all 17 of the group’s albums were on the top 50 album downloads as soon as they went live.

The move to streaming services is understandable as the next logical step, as these platforms are gaining momentum to become a bigger source of income for the music industry. Revenues from streaming sites are currently on pace to overtake digital downloads: earlier this month, Warner Music Group—the third-largest music company in the world—reported that income from streaming services in 2015 had exceeded digital downloads by “a significant amount”.

Although there are only a few of the group’s compilation tracks on Spotify, over 1 million people currently follow The Beatles’ profile page. The most popular song— “Ain’t She Sweet”—had been streamed over five million times. And while the band’s albums and songs have yet to be put on Spotify, fans are still able to listen to the back catalogue of individual band members, including Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

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