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Rock Giants AC/DC Accept The Inevitable And Agree To Make Their Music Available On iTunes
November 19, 2012
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Well, they say you can't fight city hall. And apparently, you can't fight iTunes either.

As much as they didn't want to do it, AC/DC - one of the last holdouts - is giving in to the inevitable.

The band is releasing its music on iTunes - offering all their albums and tracks individually, or as packages.

16 digitally remastered studio albums will be available for download, including the classic 'Back in Black' and their 1976 debut 'High Voltage.'

Four of AC/DC's live albums and three compilation records are also available.

AC/DC was one of the few big name acts that wouldn't jump on board the iTunes train.

But with a new album - 'Live at River Plate' - coming out later this month, they decided to go ahead.

It will be their first live album in 20 years and they have a 40th anniversary tour planned for 2013.

AC/DC has sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

Until now, they didn't want their songs made available for individual download, because they said they were important parts of their albums.

In 2008, lead singer Brian Johnson told Reuters "This iTunes, God bless 'em, it's going to kill music if they're not careful."

"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."

And just last year, guitarist Angus Young told Sky News he only wanted their albums heard in their entirety.

"I know the Beatles have changed but we're going to carry on like that," Young said. "For us it's the best way. We are a band who started off with albums and that's how we've always been. We always were a band that if you heard something on the radio, well, that's only three minutes. Usually the best tracks were on the albums."

The Beatles back catalogue was released for download in 2010, after years of disputes between rights holders.

Kid Rock was another hold out, but he signed on as well. Country star Garth Brooks has yet to release his music on iTunes.

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