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Old 11-19-12, 11:40 AM   #1
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Post AC/DC: For those about to rock, we salute iTunes

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Apple announced Monday morning that AC/DC has made all of its 16 studio albums, four live records, and three compilations available on the iTunes Store. The long-time digital distribution holdouts have had an apparent change of heart, selling individual songs for $1.29 a piece and a complete collection of every available AC/DC recording for $149.99.

AC/DC was initially skeptical of the iTunes Store, going so far as to boycott digital downloads altogether. "Maybe I'm just being old-fashioned, but this iTunes, God bless 'em, it's going to kill music if they're not careful," lead singer Brian Johnson, then 61, told Reuters in 2008.

The band had refused to release its album Black Ice on iTunes, or any other download service, suggesting digital distribution was all about money and had little to do with art. "I'm sure they're just doing it all in the interest of making as much... cash as possible. Let's put it this way, it's certainly not for the... love, let's get that out of the way, right away," Johnson said.

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