Music streaming may be big business now, but not all artists are immediately on board to have their entire catalog available for the world on various platforms, without actually paying for them per se. There are those who take some time before finally allowing their labels to put up their music on places like Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, and Google Play Music (and now, Apple Music as well). One of the most popular rock bands in the world, AC/DC, has finally agreed to join said services and classic rock fans couldn’t be happier.
In fact, AC/DC have only been in the digital music world for the past three years, finally allowing their music to be sold on iTunes in 2012, with the release of their Rock or Bust album in November. They were one of the biggest holdouts, because they did not feel okay about giving users the option of buying just pieces of their music instead of the whole album, which they believe is how people should hear their music. But they eventually gave in, and their aforementioned album sold more than 500,000 copies in the US alone.
Other big rock bands followed suit, with Metallica joining in late 2012 as well, and then the next year, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd as well. Having AC/DC on platforms like these music streaming services may allow them to reach a new audience, particularly the younger ones who may not know them, but are curious in exploring playlists like classic rock or old-school rock anthems. For sure, Highway to Hell will be included there.
The arrival of Apple Music also means that the music streaming business just got even more competitive, and so we’ll probably see Spotify and the rest, up their game.