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AC/DC Ends Holdout

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AC/DC has been holding out on something, but they have now caved. What is it? 

AC/DC is like me. They like to have a tangible thing when they put out an album, but as of yesterday, the band has ended their iTunes holdout. AC/DC’s back catalog hit iTunes yesterday, including their new live album Live at River Plate that was just released this week.

Apple, the parent company if iTunes issued an official statement yesterday that said the songs were remastered for “increased audio fidelity” and specifically for play on Apple’s mp3 format, but if you want to download AC/DC’s catalog off of iTunes, it will cost you.

All 16 studio albums for $100. If you want their whole catalog plus the live albums, that’s going to be $150 and that also includes all the compilation records, too. The individual songs are available to buy, which Angus Young was against. He said that it was “disrespectful” for Apple to force artists to sell their songs one at a time and this may sound familiar as Pink Floyd won a judgment to not let their songs be sold as individual tracks saying that their albums were “concept albums” and you needed the whole album to get the big picture.

Kid Rock just ended his iTunes holdout earlier this month, but there are still a few artists who have told Apple to suck it; including country singer Garth Brooks and alt-rockers Tool.

You still won’t be able to find any AC/DC albums on Spotify, though. They join The Beatles, Metallica, Led Zeppelin and others as hold outs.

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