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Highway To Sell: AC/DC iTunes Snub Finally Over 247

Posted by timothy
from the genuine-angus dept.
Hugh Pickens "The LA Times reports that after years of stubbornly arguing that iTunes was, in the words of singer Brian Johnson, 'going to kill music if they're not careful,' AC/DC has reached a deal with Apple to sell its entire catalog — 16 studio albums, four live albums and three compilations — through the service. AC/DC was one of the last high-profile holdouts from the digital music marketplace, outlasting the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd, all of which jumped into the realm long after much of the population had accepted the downloading future. Angus Young, AC/DC's lead guitarist (known for wearing a schoolboy's uniform when performing), had long argued against hawking the band's music because he didn't like the idea of allowing for individual song downloads — submitting that the group's albums were designed to be listened to from beginning to end. 'It's like an artist who does a painting,' he said in 2008. 'If he thinks it's a great piece of work, he protects it. It's the same thing: This is our work.'"
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Highway To Sell: AC/DC iTunes Snub Finally Over

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @01:40PM (#42044643)

    He's against it because all AC/DC songs sound exactly the same. Download one and you've got them all.

    It follows this pattern:

    NAME OF THE SONG!!!!
    you got me singing
    NAME OF THE SONG!!!!
    now you're listening to
    NAME OF THE SONG!!!!

  • Too late (Score:5, Funny)

    by Beardo the Bearded (321478) on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @01:42PM (#42044681)

    Hey guys, it's cool that you held out for so long and were all principled, but I've already got copies of most of your work.

    I paid somewhat less than what iTunes is suggesting. I guess you win.

  • by Beardo the Bearded (321478) on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @01:44PM (#42044705)

    He's against it because all AC/DC songs sound exactly the same. Download one and you've got them all.

    It follows this pattern:

    NAME OF THE SONG!!!!
    you got me singing
    NAME OF THE SONG!!!!
    now you're listening to
    NAME OF THE SONG!!!!

    Not the word I'd have used, but your point is valid nonetheless.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @01:57PM (#42044935)

    It was a fast machine, she kept her buffers clean
    Was the biggest damn kernel that I ever seen
    It wasn't crap from Fry's or a Rasberry Pi
    Knocking me out with those solid state drives

    Bootin up from the share, fast as a mac book air

    Looked for the root folder but I was already there

    The case started shaking, doom started quaking

    My mind was aching, we were making it

    And you shook me all night long

    Yeah, you shook me all night long

  • by Sloppy (14984) on Tuesday November 20, 2012 @04:18PM (#42046719) Homepage Journal
    My personal version from 1984:

    It was a nice machine
    I kept the keyboard clean
    It was the best damn computer that I ever seen

    Five Twelve Kay
    Blew my mind away
    A lot of memory I must say

    Parallel interface
    Transfer data with grace
    And dual disk drives with plenty disk space

    We were playin' Donkey Kong
    But before long
    Somethin' went wrong, my computer's long gone

    'Cause you
    Poured Coke on my keyboard
    Yeah you
    Poured Coke on my keyboard

    The screen went berserk
    Thought it was just a quirk
    But then the printhead started to jerk

    The repairman spoke
    Laughed like it was a joke
    They were full of Coke, my chips were soaked

    Any other verses have been lost. Sorry about the awful chorus meter.

    The "parallel interface" stuff is a reference to my unhappiness with the 1541's serial bus. Nowdays, serial buses are preferred. Funny how things work out. The liquids on keyboards thing is sort of a reference to one of the alleged features of the upcoming(?) Apple IIc (not that I ever actually saw one of those), which was supposedly highly resistant to such disasters.

    Oh yeah, and AC/DC has been in the "digital marketplace" for at least two decades (whenever they started allowing the CDs to be published). And I'd like to stick Brian Johnson's "you're going to kill [commercial] music" comment right back in his face, since the very best way to kill commercial music is to tell paying customers "fuck off, we don't want your money."

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