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AC/DC’s Complete Catalog Now Available on iTunes

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For rock fans who value digital convenience as much as they prize their power chords, Thanksgiving is coming a little early this year, thanks to a just-announced deal between Columbia Records and Apple that’s sending AC/DC‘s entire catalog to iTunes.

The label announced the deal in a press release, pointing out that this marks the first time the band’s music has been made available to a digital retailer and revealing that not only has the entire catalog been remastered for iTunes, but that fans will be able to choose between purchasing individual tracks or buying complete albums.

For the truly hardcore AC/DC fan, iTunes is offering the Complete Collection, a $149.99 bundle that compiles all 16 studio albums (from 1976′s ‘High Voltage’ to 2008′s ‘Black Ice’), four live albums (1978′s ‘If You Want Blood You’ve Got It,’ both the single-disc and double-disc editions of 1992′s ‘Live’ and 2012′s ‘Live at River Plate’) and the compilation releases ‘Bonfire’ and ‘Backtracks,’ as well as the ‘Iron Man 2′ soundtrack.

For the moderately intense fan, there’s simply the Collection, which leaves off all the non-album stuff and delivers all the studio recordings for a more reasonable $99.99. And for everyone else, there’s ‘You Shook Me All Night Long,’ available for $1.29. And there’s no need to wait for a release date, either — the whole catalog is available right now.

As Blabbermouth notes, this represents a complete change of heart for the band, who have proudly refused to make their catalog available for digital purchase. Speaking to the UK’s Daily Telegraph in 2008, guitarist Angus Young explained their point of view, saying, “If we were on iTunes, we know a certain percentage of people would only download two or three songs from the album — and we don’t think that represents us musically.”

Vocalist Brian Johnson echoed Young’s sentiments in a separate interview with Reuters the same year, describing iTunes as “a monster” that was “going to kill music if they’re not careful.” At the time, the band bragged that its catalog sales had actually risen as a result of their digital holdout, but perhaps things have changed over the last few years — although it’s worth noting that ‘Black Ice’ was the second-biggest seller of 2008, moving more than 6 million units worldwide. In any case, the deal adds one more classic rock legend to the growing list of artists who have learned to make their peace with the music industry’s changing landscape. Who’s left on your iTunes wish list?

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