The levee has broken: Led Zeppelin’s catalog is coming to Spotify. The annoucement was made today by Spotify’s Daniel Ek at a press conference in New York City, along with the news that mobile devices will now have a free streaming option like desktop users do.
Led Zeppelin are one of the last major holdouts to sign onto the streaming service, though the Beatles, AC/DC, Tool, Garth Brooks, Bob Seger and a handful of others remain unavailable. The band released their catalog onto iTunes in 2007, but have remained extremely wary of streaming services. Pink Floyd folded in July, unlocking their entire catalog after “Wish You Were Here” generated one million plays.
The rollout starts today and will continue through December 15th, starting with Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II. Tomorrow, Led Zeppelin III and Untitled fourth album arrive. Friday brings Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti and Saturday will feature Presence and In Through the Out Door. Sunday, December 15th will be devoted to six albums: The Song Remains the Same, Coda, BBC Sessions, How the West Was Won, Mothership and Celebration Day.
Led Zeppelin reunited in 2007 for a one-of show at London’s 02 Arena. Despite rapturous reviews and the potential to make hundreds of millions of dollars, Robert Plant refused to take the band on tour. The group briefly rehearsed with other singers – including Steven Tyler and Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy – but they ultimately pulled the plug on the project.