Following in the footsteps of young trendsetters Metallica, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin, AC/DC is finally bringing its music to streaming services. The New York Times reports that the band is set to put its music on subscription services such as Spotify, Rdio, and Apple Music as soon as this Tuesday, having held out longer than most of its ageing rock contemporaries from making its music available digitally.
The band, which has sold 72 million records in the United States according to the RIAA, only made the decision to put its catalog on iTunes in 2012. Previously, its members had argued that the band's albums should be heard in full, rather than broken up into chunks available to purchase or stream individually. "I know the Beatles have changed but we're going to carry on like that," guitarist Angus Young said in May 2011, a year after The Beatles' records finally 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."
The band only put its records on iTunes in 2012
In 2010, the band orchestrated a deal to release its fourteenth studio album, Black Ice, exclusively at Walmart stores. Two years later, and Young appeared to change his mind on the topic, allowing 2012's Rock or Bust to become AC/DC's first album to be available on iTunes at launch. The band's decision to make its catalog available to stream comes as Apple is pulling the trigger on its new subscription music streaming service, a launch that has seen other prominent artists such as Taylor Swift and Dr. Dre also make their biggest records available to stream on-demand for the first time.