AC/DC Caves And Puts Catalog On iTunes For The First Time
It looks like AC/DC is finally stepping into the new millennium. The popular band of yesteryear, who produced such hits as “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Back in Black,” has routinely told iTunes and other digital outlets that those companies could not carry any of the band’s music over the last several years. However, on Monday, AC/DC finally caved.
Whether you find this to be a positive or a negative is largely a matter of taste, but if you do enjoy the occasional bout of loud rock, the band finally worked out a deal with iTunes to make all sixteen studio albums AC/DC has previously released available for purchase. Additionally, four live albums can be purchased digitally and three compilation albums have earned the same treatment. According to The LA Times, the band’s singles are running for the average cost of $1.29 and a full album costs $9.99. I know I'll be happy to get my random AC/DC fix from iTunes rather than the Call of Duty commercial circulating right now.
When music began to go digital, there were quite a few holdout bands unwilling to have the 'integrity' of their music compromised, which is what some bands felt was happening with digital releases. Most of those holdouts—including, famously, the Beatles—have caved over the years, and now AC/DC has joined those ranks. Hey, even one of the last holdouts, Kid Rock, has his newest album available online. For many people, convenience trumps sound quality, and, while that may be a choice audiophiles don’t understand, it’s a better business call to give the people what they want.