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Classic Black Sabbath albums hit iTunes, may come to streaming services next week

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ozzy osbourne (s_bukley/
ozzy osbourne (s_bukley/

The groundbreaking heavy metal records released by Black Sabbath throughout the 1970s can now be downloaded on iTunes. Although later works from the British group were already on the service, this marks the first digital availability for seminal albums such as Paranoid and Master of Reality, recorded during frontman Ozzy Osbourne's tenure. "It's about fucking time," said Osbourne in a statement.

iTunes appears to have a window of exclusivity on the content, which includes eight studio albums and three compilations, but The New York Times reports that the music should make its way to various streaming services in about a week. The news follows Led Zeppelin's exclusive deal with Spotify last month, and leaves Garth Brooks and Tool as two of the few remaining iTunes holdouts.