One of the last holdouts, AC/DC, is now listing its music on Apple’s market leading online music store. The band, which has sold more than 150 million records worldwide over a nearly four decade career, joins Kid Rock on iTunes who also recently ended his own time wandering in the digital wilderness. However, neither act is yet offering their music on Spotify or any of the streaming music services.

The BBC, among a host of others, is reporting that Australian hard rockers AC/DC has released their music on iTunes. For years, the band refused to offer their songs, insisting that only albums be sold, something that violates Apple’s rules.

“AC/DC probably now understand that their future sales reside on iTunes given the steep decline of the CD in the US, long its top market,” said Alice Enders, media analyst, Enders Analysis. “If you can’t get your music in front of people in the retail outlet, then you have no choice but to embrace digital sales.”

For what it’s worth, back in 2008, AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young said, “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.”

If Yes, Rush, Jethro Tull or any number of art/prog rock bands had said that, well, it would be understandable. For AC/DC to take that stand, it seems more than a little quixotic.

Nevertheless, AC/DC is offering its music on iTunes while still turning up their noses at Spotify, Rdio and Pandora.

Should AC/DC and the other streaming service refusniks — like Adele, Coldplay, The Black Keys and Tom Waits — list on Spotify et al? At tenths of a cent per play, is Spotify even worth their time?

Inquiring minds want to know…

via New Music News

  1. Oh wow, just came across this! It’s funny to see the old dinosaurs fall one by one. The hold outs of another time. And in the end they’ll all cave cause they have to. Within a year or two they’ll all be on every streaming service from pandora to torch music…just the way it goes if you want to stay relevant in the world of rock!!

  2. Just found this today – at the end of 2014!!!! And they are still not on Spotify. How sad. I would listen to some of their songs on a daily basis. See how that works out for charging tenths of a sent per play. Personally I think it is a lose lose decision.

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