Subscribers to both Spotify and Rdio have access to over 20 million songs, but some of the biggest acts of the past 50 years are nowhere to be found on the streaming music services. Titans such as the Beatles and Led Zeppelin still are absent from Rdio and Spotify, but last week one of the Baby Boomer holdouts on streaming music finally became the new kid in town, the latest sign that resistance to streaming among the classic juggernaut acts is starting to wane.
On Tuesday, Eagles made most of their recorded work available on both services, including all their 1970s studio albums (“Eagles,” “Desperado,” “On the Border,” “One of These Nights,” “Hotel California” and “The Long Run”), the holiday single “Please Come Home for Christmas”/“Funky New Year,” and three best-of collections. Currently, the only Eagles albums not on Spotify and Rdio are 1980s “Eagles Live,” 1994's “Hell Freezes Over” and the band's 2007 studio comeback, “Long Road Out of Eden.” Out of those three remaining albums, the last two were issued on Geffen and Eagles Recording Co., respectively, and will probably have to be negotiated separately.
The landing of Eagles on the streaming services came just days after Pink Floyd released its entire discography on Spotify. On June 13, Pink Floyd (or the individual who runs the band's social media) tweeted that the entire catalog would show up on Spotify once “Wish You Were Here” received 1 million plays on the service. Five days later, “The Wall” came down and all the 2011 remasters were made available, from 1967's “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” onward.
Since Metallica, a band with a historically troubled relationship with the digital age, reached a deal to make its albums available in December 2012, these dominoes have been falling. Various media reports indicate that negotiations are underway for Led Zeppelin to make its catalog available on one or more of the services, and that's one of the crown jewel holdouts. Jimmy Page is currently remastering Led Zeppelin's work, which might lead to a streaming debut upon completion.
But other holdouts show no signs of budging, including AC/DC and Oklahoma's Garth Brooks, whose discography is not even available through iTunes. The greatest question is how long it will take for The Beatles to arrive on a streaming service. It might be a long and winding road, but after Eagles and Pink Floyd reached their deals last month, it seems a lot more possible that all the big acts could soon be in the stream.