Get your strange adult school uniform on and prepare to rock out if you’re an AC/DC fan. The entire back catalog including all 16 studio albums is now available digitally on iTunes.
Fans of the Aussie rock band can now find their songs remastered for iTunes. The catalog includes, The Collection (all of the studio albums for $99.99), The Complete Collection (all of the studio records, live albums and box sets for $149.99 as well as 16 studio albums from High Voltage, through Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Back in Black and Black Ice.
If you don’t fancy shelling out for the full collections to get the live material, the concert albums are also available including ‘If You Want Blood You’ve Got It’ and ‘Live at River Plate’.
Those who are relatively new fans can find the AC/DC tracks on compilations such as Bonfire and the Iron Man 2 Soundtrack.
Apple has worked hard to get big acts onto its platform. This time the deal is with Columbia records to release the AC/DC material.
A couple of years ago the Beatles catalog was announced and it seems there are very few big acts still resisting the lure of Apple for ease of distribution.
Apple says that its DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio is virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings. Purists will naturally note that they would prefer analogue for complete sound over digital, but there’s no denying that millions of users will find the access very appealing.
Columbia Records is a huge label and home to many new artistes as well as collections of older recordings. Time will tell if the label decides to release any more gems from its back catalog.
For those about to rock to this news, we salute you, however, if you’re going to play Hells Bells all night long in the memory of Bon Scott, it’s probably best to warn the neighbours that Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution.
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