Rock band AC/DC is for the first time ever going to allow its music to be legitimately streamed over the Internet. The New York Times reports that the group will makes its albums available via subscription-based streaming services such as Apple Music, Rdio and Spotify as soon as today, having held out longer than most of their contemporaries in making their music available digitally online.
AC/DC finally available for streaming
The band has sold more than 70 million records in the USA alone, and only put its albums on Apple’s iTunes back in 2012. Before that, the members said their albums should be heard in full rather than broken up and made available to stream or buy individually. “I know the Beatles have changed but we’re going to carry on like that”, guitarist Angus Young said in May 2011, one year after The Beatles’ records became available through iTunes. “For us it’s the best way. We are a band who started off with albums and that’s how we’ve always been”.
In 2010, the band’s fourteenth studio album, Black Ice, was available exclusively at Walmart stores in the US. Two years on and the band seems to have changed their mind, and allowed 2012’s Rock or Bust to become the first AC/DC album to be available on iTunes at launch. The decision to make their catalog available to stream comes as Apple is set to launch its new subscription streaming music service today. The service is free for 3 months and includes a host of exclusives from artists such as Taylor Swift and Dr. Dre (whose The Chronic album will be available for the first time as on-demand streams).
SOURCE: The Verge.