Australia rock icons AC/DC have ended their holdout with iTunes and now have their music featured on Apple’s music download store.
iTunes weren’t shy about advertising the fact AC/DC’s entire catalogue had finally become available earlier this week after the band had held out for years from having their music sold via Apple’s online store. AC/DC had however previously sold their music online; in 2007 they agreed to a one-year deal with US mobile operator Verizon Wireless for exclusive selling rights to their material.
The Beatles, and more recently Kid Rock, have also succumbed to Apple in the past year, but the change of mind was a hard switch from the public stand AC/DC had taken against iTunes in the late 2000s.
Singer Brian Johnson and guitarist Angus Young have both spoken out against the music giant.
“Maybe I’m just being old-fashioned, but this iTunes, God bless ‘em, it’s going to kill music if they’re not careful,” said Johnson in 2008.
“It’s a…monster, this thing. It just worries me. And I’m sure they’re just doing it all in the interest of making as much…cash as possible. Let’s put it this way, it’s certainly not for the…love, let’s get that out of the way, right away.”
Young was against the way in which iTunes sold music. “We don’t make singles, we make albums,” he once said.
“If we were on iTunes, we know a certain percentage of people would only download two or three songs from the album – and we don’t think that represents us musically,” Young told the Telegraph.
While fans of AC/DC can now get to downloading at will, there are however still a number of big name holdouts not willing to have iTunes sell their music. Among that list includes Tool, Def Leppard, Black Sabbath and Bob Seger.
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