Previously avoiding the wave of bands selling their music on iTunes, AC/DC’s entire catalog is now available on the marketplace for fans worldwide. According to guitarist Angus Young in a 2008 interview, “If we were on iTunes, we know a certain percentage of people would only download two or three songs from the album — and we don’t think that represents us musically,” further stating that they are trying to maintain their albums’ concepts.
Currently, iTunes users can purchase their entire catalog for $149.99 (USD), or just their studio albums for $99.99 (USD), in addition to purchasing their albums individually.
Speaking previously regarding their decision to hold out on joining iTunes, Young commented “Since iTunes came into existence, we’ve actually increased our back-catalog sales without being on the site. We were sternly warned by our management team and our record label that the complete opposite would be the case.” In a past interview with Sky News, Young discussed AC/DC’s decision to avoid the online retailer explaining “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 [by AC/DC] on the radio, well, that’s only three minutes. Usually the best tracks were on the albums.”
Additionally, this week will see the release of AC/DC’s “Live at River Plate” on vinyl format as well as on CD with multiple covers. This live recording took place during the band’s 2009 “Black Ice” tour on their stop in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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