AC/DC release iTunes catalogue

  • Rock band AC/DC on Monday released their music on Apple music store iTunes.

    The Australian band was previously strongly opposed to the digital service with its members insisting that their songs should not be made available for individual download as they formed integral parts of various albums.

    The band's 16 studio albums, four live albums and three compilations, which in total have sold more than 150 million physical copies worldwide, are now available in the iTunes store.

    According to industry analysts, AC/DC’s decision is believed to be a commercial one.

    The band recently released their first live album in 20 years and also have a 40th anniversary tour planned for 2013.

    AC/DC were among the last of the high profile "refuseniks" to make themselves available on iTunes.

    The Beatles back catalogue was released for download in 2010 following years of disputes between the rights holders.

    Meanwhile, some musicians such as Eminem and Sister Sledge have taken legal action against their record labels over royalties earned from download sales.