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Old 20-Nov-2012
Rock band AC/DCís music on iTunes

AC/DC is finally releasing its music digitally on iTunes.

Columbia Records and Apple announced Monday that the classic rock bandís music will be available at the iTunes Store worldwide.

Sixteen studio albums will be released, including ďHigh VoltageĒ and ďBack in Black.Ē Several of the Australian bandís albums and songs have made their way on iTunesí Top 100 albums and songs charts.

AC/DC was one of the few acts that would not release music through the digital outlet. Two years ago, Apple struck a deal with The Beatlesí record label, EMI Group, and management company and began selling the groupís music. Kid Rock, who had also been against selling his music through the digital retailer, is releasing a new album, ďRebel Soul,Ē on Monday and itís available on iTunes.

Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboardís director of charts, said AC/DCís decision isnít shocking.

ďItís something that I think artists realize they need to do in order to get their music into the hands of their fans and to make more money,Ē he said. ďRight now with CD sales being what they are, touring is the main source of income and not every band is equipped to be out on tour 200 days a year to make the kind of money they need to make, or want to make.Ē

Garth Brooks, however, has yet to release his music on iTunes. Pietroluongo said he believes the country star will come around, but heís not sure when that will be.

Four of AC/DCís live albums and three compilation records are also available. The statement said the songs have been mastered for iTunes ďwith increased audio fidelity.Ē

The groupís first live album in 20 years, ďLive at River Plate,Ē is out Tuesday.

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