Apple rolled out iTunes thirteen years ago this month yet there are still artists, labels and publishers holding out. Why? Hell, even The Beatles organization figured it out.
Ever try to buy some Tool from iTunes? Nope. Def Leppard? A couple, but nothing you’d want. Same thing with Garth Brooks. And what’s King Crimson’s problem?
Black Sabbath was a problem, too. There were a couple of tracks available but only as the result of them being on soundtracks, which indicates a weird issue in digital licensing.
However, early Sabbath albums–the originally Ozzy era–have finally come to iTunes. I found Paranoid for the first time this morning along with their self-titled debut, Masters of Reality, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Vol. 4 and a few others. Your best bet, however, might be a new collection called The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978 which can be purchased in a bundle for $59.99.
Ozzy made a statement about this: “It’s about fucking time.” Yes, it is.