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AC/DC Slams iTunes

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has made clear the reason why the band will not put their catalogue on iTunes.

"We don't make singles, we make albums," he told the Telegraph.

"We believe the songs on any of our albums belong together. If we were on iTunes, we know a certain percentage of people would only download two or three songs from the album. We don't think that represents us musically."

Guitarist Angus Young adds: "Since iTunes came into existence, we've actually increased our back catalogue sales without being on the site," he said. "We were sternly warned by our management team and our record label that the complete opposite would be the case."

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1. Anubiz writes:

I agree, when I want to buy music, I'l buy a full album. If you only have 1 good song on your cd , there's a problem with your band...

# Sep 25, 2008 @ 1:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. deathbringer writes:

Damn, I guess that means no "greatest hits" any time soon. I've been waiting/hoping for it for a while. I like AC/DC, but not enough to buy anything more than Back In Black.

# Sep 25, 2008 @ 2:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Kalis_wrath writes:

They can't just make it so you download the entire album, not just one or two songs?

# Sep 25, 2008 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Red writes:

On another note, I'd like to congratulate the whole MU staff for greatly improving the choice of words. In fact, as we all know, it use to always be the same word when an artist was b****ing about somebody else but now we have added slamm, bamm wham and the like...LOL

# Sep 25, 2008 @ 3:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. brandedcfh420 writes:

deathbringer writes:
I like AC/DC, but not enough to buy anything more than Back In Black.

seriously??!! do you like or dislike bon scott era ac/dc??

# Sep 25, 2008 @ 3:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. deathbringer writes:

I think I'd have to say I'm a fan of their older material (which would be Bon Scott; not so much from the 80s on) but Back In Black just jumped out at me as being a good complete album.

# Sep 25, 2008 @ 4:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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Man, the only thing AC/DC is "slamming" nowadays is glasses of Metamucil. These guys were legendary before 8-track tapes were out of style. This is the equivalent of my grandfather slamming the iPhone. The finesse needed to handle a Nintendo DS is probably past Angus Young's jittery scotch-fueled grasp.

# Sep 25, 2008 @ 4:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. WiseWiz writes:

He may be like a grandfather, but he's the cool grandfather. He's the one thats a vietnam vet with cool war stories, so you don't mind his b****ing about modern day stuff.

# Sep 25, 2008 @ 5:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. TruSeattleite writes:

I tunes sucks a$$ anyway.

# Sep 25, 2008 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. LogAnarchy writes:

Yeah, iTunes sucks!!! Oh wait, that means they are dissing Zune Marketplace too.

Well, I know where he's coming from, I usually prefer albums anyway. But then again, they're rich bastards.

# Sep 25, 2008 @ 9:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Kalis_wrath writes:

I love my albums, but pondering on breaking down and doing the mp3 route. Anyone have good advice as to the best systems? I am a total dummy to the downloading world.

# Sep 25, 2008 @ 10:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. deathbringer writes:

I love MP3s too, but I prefer to buy my albums and rip them. I'm not paying full price for lossy MP3s regardless of the quality.

# Sep 25, 2008 @ 10:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Kalis_wrath writes:

So, what is the best device to take mobile?

# Sep 25, 2008 @ 11:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Fuck_A_Name writes:

^ I don't know about mobile, but as for strictly downloading music on you computer, I would say Limewire is the way to go. Go to Limewire .com and download the basic free version, and download to your hearts content. All the music is free, but it isn't stealing(if you worry about such moral quabbles), it's called file-sharing, because other people upload music onto it and sh**.

I already started downloading some of the new ACDC album off of it anyway, so this is kinda irrelavant news for me lol.

This is to everybody, not just Kalis btw, cuz limewire is the sh** and I want everyone to have free music, (Maybe A solution to deathbringer's problem? Cuz that's how I get all my ACDC, off limewire.)

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 12:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Kalis_wrath writes:

Well, I do think of the moral things as far as downloading music for free. I want to rip my albums, then download them to a mobile device of some sort. My love and I want to go hunting, camping and such and want to have a way to take alot of music with me without having to take my c.d's along to take up a ton of room. By the way, I would not listen to music WHILE hunting, just on breaks.

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 12:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Fuck_A_Name writes:

^I thought you might care, I kinda object to outright stealing myself, but this is legal and everything, it's basically the mp3 equivalent of lending someone your Slayer album to burn onto their computer

Oh, and f*** not listening to music WHILE hunting, you should totally shoot a deer while listening to Seek and Destroy lol

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 12:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Kalis_wrath writes:

Hahaha! If only you could get the animals not to hear the music, then that might work F.A.N. Perhaps if I do use limeware to download music, it would only be to listen to the album then after deciding to buy the album, delete the file. It will have to be well thought out though. I am not the stealing type.

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 12:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Emo_Hunter175 writes:

I am definitely not one for downloading music, but the only way AC/DCs' new album would make its way onto my Ipod would be through downloading. Or I can always just listen to any AC/DC song since they all sound the same.

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 1:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Kalis_wrath writes:

^DUDE! AWESOME NAME!

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 1:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Gunface138 writes:

Hey Kali, definitely DON'T use limewire. You'll probably get a virus or something because a lot more people use it. Use a program like Soulseek or bittorrent to download albums. I much prefer Soulseek and have never had any problems. As for MP3 players... I prefer players from lesser known companies like Insignia. My Insignia is pretty cool, I just dont like iPods or Zunes. That way you don't have to use iTunes to sync your player, it can just sync through Windows Media Player (where I keep most of my music). Hope that helped a little.

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 1:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Kalis_wrath writes:

Thanks Gunface! Good points on Limewire. With the Insignia, can I use almost any medium to download the music on to it? More choices to download from would be helpful in case I want to download from more computer set ups, like from a Mac, or PC that might have a different music player. That may or may not be a dumb question, but like I said, I am a dummy to the downloading world. *LOL*

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 2:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Gunface138 writes:

Yes, with third party brands it should be a little easier. My brother uses both my laptop and the desktop to load music onto his MP3 player, but we both use Windows Media Player. You could probably use RealPlayer or another music program like that, but I know WMP11 is compatible with most modern MP3 players, and if not there are probably some drivers you can download online for it. In WMP11 (I assume you'd rip your CD's onto your computer using that... that's what i use so that's all i really know, sorry) you can click the "Sync" tab once youve connected your MP3 to your computer, it should detect it right away and it's pretty self explanatory from there. As for mac/pc compatibility, im not sure because I've never tried, but I doubt it would be a problem, as long as the files you're trying to load on the MP3 player can be read by the player, and aren't in some weird format. But I wouldn't worry about it.
Maybe a little too much info... considering you haven't bought a MP3 player yet haha

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 2:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. XWigglesX writes:

Limewire sucks. Go look for people's blogs. Before it got taken down I used "deathcore issexy.1", besides having a really sh** name it did have a huge range of stuff. Even had real metal and hardcore. Was a good site. Haha listen to My Sweetheart's Name is Excessive Violence by 4 Dead while you hunt!

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 3:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Kalis_wrath writes:

Well, thankfuly my father is a test engenering manager for Intel, so atleast I am not a comp dummy to go along with it. Also, yes, it will be that I rip my albums for the stuff that goes onto my mp3 player. I may dowload an album only to preview it, but after one MAYBE two listens I will delete the file, as I am not the type that thinks music should be free to keep. I have a few burns that Wiggles sent me, but they are from artists that are hard to come by in the states. I plan on ordering them or paying for them in someway in the future.

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 3:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Kalis_wrath writes:

*LMAO* Speak of the Devil! As I was posting about Wiggles, he pops up out of no where and makes a post!

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 3:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Gunface138 writes:

That's cool. Problem is, I'm a broke-ass college kid, and I can't afford to buy any CD I want. I download musicians I think I'll like, and if they deserve it I buy the new album when it comes out. I did that with High on Fire and The Red Chord, I made sure the music was worth it. And then I make a point to buy their shirts and go to see them live. They wouldn't be making any money off album sales even if I weren't downloading, because I simply have no money for it. The way I see it, at least if I download the stuff and they're a good band, I get to enjoy the music, and end up supporting them in other ways.
Sorry for the half-assed comp lesson up there, I wasn't sure how much you knew about it... if you haven't noticed I tend to talk a lot...

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 3:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 writes:

iTunes is retarded. Why would I spend money on a mp3 that I can do NOTHING with other than put it on my iPod? You spend the money, and you can't even use it outside of user-unfriendly-ass iTunes. (cough cough *Kalis, get a Demonoid.com account* cough)

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 9:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. XWigglesX writes:

You can burn it to a disc. I have done it a few times. Ah Kalis I'll send you an actual copy of The Red Shore album your birthday coming up soon yes? Haha

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 9:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Jenny writes:

Um, the man has a point (from his own perspective) but I think itunes can be a good thing and a bad thing, all depending on the band anyway. Ive heard some bands say that the reason they hate things like itunes and stuff is because it takes away from the experience of litening to an entire album, ruins listening to what the band went through to make the listener feel something for the entire album: it's a love for process. However, I don't mind just getting stuff that I like...but If this is the band's choice, I say let it be...

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 10:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. That_One_Guy writes:

I prefer to buy full CDs, actually. But that's just me.

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 11:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. XWigglesX writes:

Also kalis, just wondering which of all those cds you were interested in buying?

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 8:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. carter watts writes:

I just buy the Cds then stick them on my ipod.
screw downloading.
it just pisses people off.

# Sep 26, 2008 @ 11:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Jenny writes:

^I do the same thing...but even with the CDs I choose the songs I like and add em on my ipod...I never download stuff for some reason.

# Sep 27, 2008 @ 12:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 writes:

I remember when an album was more than the music. I remember when I got my Anthrax Spreading the Disease LP and it wasn't just the music, it was the artwork, the lyrics, the whole package. You can go through a band's entire back catalogue on iTunes without ever seeing the band's logo. That's f***ed up. Music isn't what it used to be. I don't like the idea of paying money for a digital copy of an album. How is that any better than LimeWire or uTorrent? When I buy music nowadays, I buy records. Albums. LP. Vinyl. If I'm going to pay money for, say, DEP's Ire Works, I'm going to buy the vinyl edition (which I did after MUCH searching) and even though I spent a lot of time finding it, it was well worth the time AND money when I DID find it. The only money I spend on music is for the tangible, actual, real, format. I'll illegally download every song ever made before I spend money on iTunes.

# Sep 30, 2008 @ 10:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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