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AC/DC signs onto Itunes

Firmly in the black
Mon Nov 19 2012, 16:12

AUSTRALIAN ROCK BAND AC/DC has finally signed with Apple's Itunes music service after years of resistance.

AC/DC held off signing with Itunes for a good long time, and as recently as two years ago was giving it the non-rock two fingered salute.

"Maybe I'm just being old-fashioned, but this Itunes, God bless 'em, it's going to kill music if they're not careful," lead singer Brian Johnson, then 61, told Reuters in 2008.

"It's, this thing," he said. "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," he said.

Ah, who needs love when you have rock and roll anyway? AC/DC has put its reservations behind it and got into the digital download game.

If AC/DC has recorded it, you can probably get it on Itunes now. There are 16 studio albums, four live albums and three best-of albums to choose from. You can buy the lot for a just £99.

AC/DC is reckoned to have sold over 200 million albums and has not released any studio material since 2008.

The last studio recording, "Black Ice", was the one that prompted the earlier comments, and was sold exclusively through Walmart in North America.

AC/DC held out against Itunes for a long time though, and saw many other bands succumb to Apple's music service before it did. These others included the Beatles, whose back catalogue made its way onto Itunes in 2010. µ


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