One of the last few rock holdouts not to allow their music on streaming services has relented.
The band had previously maintained that its albums should be heard in full, rather than available to stream or buy in chunks. “I know the Beatles have changed but we’re going to carry on like that,” guitarist Angus Young said in May 2011, after The Beatles catalogue appeared on 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.
“We always were a band that if you heard something on the radio, well, that’s only three minutes. Usually the best tracks were on the albums.”
The band have also been slow to adopt digital sales. In 2010 they signed a deal to have their Black Ice album exclusively available at Walmart stores in the US, while they only authorised iTunes sales in 2012.
The decision comes just a day before Apple’s own streaming service is set to launch – the service will be the only place to stream Dr. Dre’s 1992 album The Chronic and Taylor Swift’s 1989. [via The Verge]