AC/DC decides to join information Highway to Hell
Iconic heavy metal band AC/DC has finally decided to allow fans to download its music, joining with Verizon Wireless to deliver songs online.
The band's entire back catalog will be sold through March 2008, making Verizon the only company to offer the Australian band's content.
AC/DC has been one of the staunchest downloading holdouts in the music world, unwilling to let songs go piecemeal.
The deal is limited to full album downloads of the band's 18 classic albums, except for the band's biggest hit song, You Shook Me All Night Long, which will beavailableas a single download.The 1980 single was theAC/DC's first Top 40 hit.
Exclusive performance footage will also be offered.
"By respecting and preserving the full AC/DC album experience through full-album digital downloads and mobile video, we will ensure that the group's classic rock is understood, embraced and here to stay," said John Harrobin, senior vice-president of digital media for Verizon.
Full album downloads will cost about $12 US and will only be available on PC versions.
Formed in 1973 in Sydney, Australia, by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, AC/DC went on to sell more than 150 million records worldwide, including 1979's Highway to Hell and 1980's Back in Black.
Some of their biggest hits include Hells Bell's, You Shook Me All Night Long, Highway to Hell, Thunderstruck and For Those About to Rock.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
AC/DC is at work on a new album, set for release in January 2008 with a tour to follow.