Apple Music Can Stream 30 Million Songs—Except for The Beatles

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According to a report by The Verge, the upcoming $9.99 per month Apple Music streaming service will give you access to a library of more than 30 million songs, but unfortunately, this number does not include a single song by The Beatles.The source highlights that Apple didn’t mention The Beatles during yesterday’s WWDC keynote, which was the first clue that they’ll be absent from Apple Music’s catalog.

“It seems Apple is no more immune to the same annoying catalog holes that have nagged other streaming services. But it may prove better at navigating them thanks to people like Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, and Trent Reznor. That said, hurdles are already coming up. For one, don’t expect to stream The Beatles discography without paying for it separately”.

It must be pointed out that there was no cover art for Abbey Road or Revolver when Eddy Cue showed a slide with a huge grid of albums that can be streamed with Apple Music subscription. If a deal were in place, Jimmy Iovine or Eddy Cue almost certainly would’ve highlighted it. While Apple and The Beatles share an interesting history, Bloomberg reports that the company still hasn’t managed to finalize a deal with Apple.

On the other hand though, Apple has successfully brought the pop music star Taylor Swift on board, who no longer has a deal with Spotify, the current leader in digital music subscription services. Taylor Swift alone will definitely plenty of people to start that 3-month trial. Nonetheless, The Beatles could’ve been an equally important influence for moving other customers to Apple’s streaming model.

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  • dannymalt

    It’d be nice to see the Beatles on there. That in mind, I already have all the Beatles albums downloaded, so it doesn’t matter.

  • einsteinbqat

    Well, you know, with the NOT unlimited data packages that the Big 3 offer, Apple Music will totally bust your data cap.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Its interesting to see as more and more digital services seem to be moving towards a cloud-based streaming model the service providers are lowering data limits and upping data prices. This leaves the consumer in a tough spot. Do you spend more on a device with more storage capacity or opt to pay more for a bigger data plan? Personally I prefer the former as its more reliable, but we’ll have to wait and see what direction the market chooses I suppose.

  • einsteinbqat

    I wish we had phone deals like in Europe