Highway to digital: AC/DC’s music to be sold on iTunes

Macworld Australia Staff
20 November, 2012
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Iconic Melbourne rock band AC/DC has finally made its record collection available on iTunes, following a period in which the group opted to sell their music exclusively through hard copy CDs.

Previously, AC/DC declined to issue its music in digital format, citing Apple’s refusal to sell whole albums rather than individual songs, in addition to the band’s general mistrust of digital media.

“Maybe I’m just being old-fashioned, but this iTunes, God bless ‘em, it’s going to kill music if they’re not careful,” AC/DC front man Brian Johnson said.

“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,” Johnson added.

Not having a presence on iTunes has not hurt the band financially over recent years. It’s most recent album, Black Ice, was released in 2008 and AC/DC has sold over 6.5 million copies since; making it Columbia Records biggest ever selling album. And, according to Wikipedia, “On 4 November 2009 AC/DC were announced as the Business Review Weekly top Australian earner (entertainment) for 2009 with earnings of $105 million.”

The launch on iTunes suggests the band has embraced the music industry’s move toward digital content, with large volume sales tipped to follow.

All AC/DC tracks have been mastered and are now available on iTunes, including The Collection (all studio albums for $149.99) and The Complete Collection (all studio albums, live albums and box sets for $229.99). Click here to open iTunes and view the AC/DC page.

 

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