September 29, 2023

Now That AC/DC Is On iTunes, Who’s Still Holding Out?

With AC/DC’s appearance on iTunes yesterday, just about all the big holdouts have given in to the realities of the digital age.  The Beatles, Metallica, Led Zeppelin–they’re all available for purchase now. Even Kid Rock–a former iTunes hater–has acquiesced.

But not everyone is on board.  I went searching on iTunes Canada and here’s what I couldn’t find.

Black Sabbath:  There’s some stuff here, but it’s all the non-Ozzy stuff.  Want to buy a digital copy of Paranoid?  Good luck.

Bob Seger:  Not that I really care, but why can you only purchase some compilations and not the full original studio albums?

Captain Beefheart:  Where’s Trout Mask Replica?

Def Leppard:  None of the original recordings.  

Tool:  Lots of tributes and karaoke albums, but no actual music from the band.

Anything else that’s missing from a classic/major artist?  Music Industry Blog has a few releated thoughts, too.

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4 thoughts on “Now That AC/DC Is On iTunes, Who’s Still Holding Out?

  • With Def Leppard, it's an issue between them and their ex-record label holding things up. They feel the royalties they'd be given are unfair and want the label to give them a bigger piece of the profit from online sales. Luckily for them, they put a clause in their contract that means no digital tracks can be released without their approval. This is why you can get the band's recent live album and rerecorded versions of Pour Some Sugar On Me and Rock Of Ages — those were released by Def Leppard and not their former label.

  • Isn't Garth Brooks still holding out too?

  • Isn't Kid Rock holding out too or did he decide to put his music on iTunes now?

  • I think King Crimson is holding out


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