AC/DC, known for such heavy metal hits as "Back in Black," "Thunderstruck," and Highway to Hell" will finally be rocking iTunes.
Apple announced today that the band has made its entire catalog available for download. Fans can buy the whole albums or individual songs. AC/DC was one of the high-profile acts, a group that once included The Beatles and Kid Rock, choosing not to distribute their music at online stores.
The partnership is a stark reversal from 2008, when AC/DC refused to sell individual songs. Brian Johnson, the group's lead singer said then, that the band was trying to protect the album format. This is what Johnson told Reuters in October 2008:
Maybe I'm just being old-fashioned, but this iTunes, God bless 'em, it's going to kill music if they're not careful. 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.
Slowly but surely many of the early digital-distribution holdouts are wising up to the fact that Internet delivery is how fans want to access their music. Two years ago this month, The Beatles finally introduced their much sought-after catalog to iTunes.
Lifehacker.com was first to report AC/DC' change of heart.