Apple has finally reached a deal with Columbia Records to bring the entire AC/DC catalog to iTunes stores worldwide. As part of the catalog, there will now be 16 studio albums available from the band ranging from 1976 to 2008, four live albums, and three compilation albums. Apple will also make “The Collection” available that includes all 16 studio albums for $99. If you want absolutely everything (studio albums, live albums, etc.), you can also buy “The Complete Collection” for $149.
Unfortunately, just as Apple is rolling out some additions to the iTunes store, many users are experiencing some down time with iTunes Match. Apple’s system status page reported that all services are online, but we are still receiving tips from many readers unable to access content through the service.
Apple’s full press release is below:
AC/DC Now on iTunes
AC/DC’s Complete Catalog Available Digitally for the First Time; All Tracks Mastered for iTunes
NEW YORK & CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Columbia Records and Apple® today announced that AC/DC’s entire catalog is now available digitally for the first time exclusively on the iTunes Store® worldwide (www.itunes.com). From their 1976 debut High Voltage to seminal classic Back In Black and 2008 smash hit Black Ice, every one of AC/DC’s 16 studio albums, along with four live albums and three compilation albums, are available for the first time ever on the iTunes Store. All tracks are Mastered for iTunes®, and fans have the ability to download full albums or simply purchase their favorite individual songs. Fans can also choose from two specially packaged digital compilations: The Complete Collection, the complete iTunes-exclusive AC/DC catalog; and The Collection, which includes all 16 studio albums.
AC/DC’s thunderous and primal rock and roll has excited fans for generations with their raw and rebellious brand of music, which also resonates with millions of new fans discovering AC/DC everyday. Their growing legion of fans will now experience the intensity of AC/DC’s music in a way it has never been heard before. AC/DC’s music has been Mastered for iTunes, ensuring the music is delivered to listeners with increased audio fidelity, more closely replicating what the artists, recording engineers and producers intended.
The full catalog which has all been Mastered for iTunes includes:
Collections The Collection (all studio albums for $99.99) The Complete Collection (all studio albums, live albums and box sets for $149.99)
16 Studio Albums High Voltage (1976) Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976) Let There Be Rock (1977) Powerage (1978) Highway To Hell (1979) Back In Black (1980) For Those About To Rock We Salute You (1981) Flick Of The Switch (1983) 74 Jailbreak (1984) Fly On The Wall (1985) Who Made Who (1986) Blow Up Your Video (1988) The Razors Edge (1990) Ballbreaker (1995) Stiff Upper Lip (2000) Black Ice (2008)
4 Live Albums If You Want Blood You’ve Got It (1978) Live (1992) Live (2 Volume Collector’s Edition) (1992) Live At River Plate (2012)
3 Compilation Albums Bonfire (1997) Backtracks audio (2009) Iron Man 2 soundtrack (2010)
The iTunes Store is the world’s most popular music store with a catalog of over 26 million songs and over 20 billion songs downloaded, and is available in 63 countries. The iTunes Store is the best way for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®, Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. All music on the iTunes Store comes in iTunes Plus®, Apple’s DRM-free format with high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings. iTunes in the Cloud lets you download your previously purchased iTunes music to all your iOS devices at no additional cost, and new music purchases can be downloaded automatically to all your devices.
Columbia Records is one of the most respected and successful record labels in the world, and is home to established superstars and exciting new talent. Columbia Records is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.
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