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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.

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Adele’s new album 25 has been blocked from streaming on Spotify, Apple Music or other services.

Adele, 27, is thought to have followed in the steps of Taylor Swift and made the decision not to put her music on the services.

Spotify says it hopes Adele will change her mind “very soon”.

However, fans can buy 25 in music stores and on sites like iTunes and Amazon.Adele 25 album

Adele’s previous albums 19 and 21 as well as her current single Hello are still available for streaming.

The singer is said to be one of the few superstars who has enough influence to decide how she wants people to listen to her music.

A statement from Spotify said: “We love and respect Adele, as do her 24 million fans on Spotify. We hope that she will give those fans the opportunity to enjoy 25 on Spotify alongside 19 and 21 very soon.”

The new album is not available to stream on Apple Music, but Apple said it was “thrilled” to offer it for download on iTunes.

Another artist who made the same decision as Adele was Taylor Swift, who pulled her music from Spotify in 2014 following a row over the royalties paid by streaming outlets.

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Duck Dynasty’s Reed Robertson has launched his new single Catching Light EP on iTunes and Spotify.

Jase and Missy Robertson’s eldest son tweeted: “Catching Light EP is officially LIVE on iTunes. Go check it out! Very grateful for all the support so…”Reed Robertson Catching Light EP

Reed Robertson, 20, who is a talented musician, first appeared on Duck Dynasty in 2012 in the episode called High Tech Redneck.

He graduated from high school in West Monroe, Louisiana and moved to Nashville, Tennessee to follow his dreams as a musician.

Reed Robertson’s siblings are Cole and Mia.

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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Like the epic intro to some Tolkien-esque fantasy film, it seems that the music industry looks set to be thrown into chaos – with broken hearts at the centre of a monumental music streaming battle. The announcement of the Dr. Dre endorsed rival to Spotify’s streaming monopoly has rallied the troops and set the PR war machine to work – with a number of interesting, and sometimes speculative announcements from the service’s marketing department designed to keep consumers on-side.

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The latest of these announcements hopes to take those broken hearts and recommend a suitably sentimental love-song to remedy the pain. That is, Spotify have announced that, in the near future they hope to be able to monitor users heart-beats to provide a recommendation system based on mood and/or likelihood of cardiac arrest. It seems that Dr Dre’s Beats has got Spotify’s pulse racing.

Smartphone for Smart Recommendations

This latest idea from Spotify will use device to device communication from companies such as Deutsche Telekom to monitor things like pulse, temperature, sleep patterns and body motion. The aim is to build a picture of individual users that enables the service to recommend music, linked not only to listening habits, but also to mood and disposition from sensors within your smartphone.

The data will be collected from your smartphone and then sent wirelessly to your Spotify account – although details on exactly how this will work are still very much unclear. It is a safe bet though that, with the meteoric rise and “one box to rule them all” philosophy of the smartphone, these features will appear sooner rather than later. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for the latest announcements from an increasingly worried Spotify.