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AC/DC back catalogue now available on streaming services

Rachel Ward

Published 30/06/2015 | 14:25

Angus Young, left, and Brian Johnson, of AC/DC, perform at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Angus Young, left, and Brian Johnson, of AC/DC, perform at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Three years after the veteran rock band put their music on iTunes, AC/DC have announced that their back catalogue will now be available via streaming services Spotify, Rdio and Apple Music.

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The Australian band have long been one of the biggest refuseniks in the digital music market, but their decision to make their songs available to stream comes as Apple is set to launch its new subscription music-streaming service, a move 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.

AC/DC have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide. But they sided with other detractors who did not like having their albums split into individual tracks and made available for free listening, as is the set-up with most streaming-music services.

Heavy metal rockers Metallica joined the Swedish streaming service Spotify in 2012, with Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd following in 2013. AC/DC only allowed Apple to start selling digital albums on iTunes in 2012, when frontman Brian Johnson said: "iTunes is going to kill music."

With today's 4pm (UK time) launch of Apple Music, Spotify will hope to win a late rush of subscriptions over Apple Music with the inclusion of AC/DC's tracks on their service. The band's absence from Spotify has long irked fans and has undoubtedly kept many of them away from the service.

Telegraph.co.uk

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