AC/DC Changes Mind On Streaming On Spotify

Three years ago, AC/DC decided to put its music on iTunes for the first time, but refused Spoitfy. It was extremely disappointing to fans, but it seemed that many other artists agreed with this decision. Taylor Swift this year made the decision to pull her music from the streaming service due to royalty issues. However, after three years, the rock band made the decision to U-turn on that initial decision. From today, all the band’s music will be available to stream.

There are not many bands that refused to share their music digitally, but AC/DC was one of them. It seemed the band was stuck behind the times, and in 2012 AC/DC realized the benefit of offering its music for digital listeners. It still took time to convince the band that Spotify and other streaming services was a good idea.

AC/DC was not the only band to avoid digital tracks. Garth Brooks avoided it, launching GhostTunes so all his music could be available from one place online. It is unclear why this happened, but possibly due to commission costs for the various catalogue companies. For the 70s rock band, it was more about listening to the whole album. The band members insisted that the music should be listened to as a whole, rather than in individual chunks, according to The Verge.

According to CTV News, an anonymous spokesperson confirmed that the music would come to Spotify on Tuesday, and it would be available around the world. Most Spotify mobile listeners will have received a push notification to tell them first thing this morning, especially if they listen to similar types of music already.

Spotify is not the only streaming service getting the likes of “Hell’s Bells,” “Highway to Hell,” and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” Apple Music has also confirmed that it will make the albums available for streaming. The tech giant has been in the news lately due to issues with royalties. Taylor Swift wrote an open letter earlier this month explaining that she would not allow her music on the service when the company would not pay artists for the free trial. Unlike most other streaming services, Apple is offering a three-month free trial for all users. That would have meant, had Apple not caved to pressure from Swift, that artists would have faced a quarter of the year not receiving royalties while individuals streamed their music on a daily basis.

Spotify users who are fans of AC/DC will be happy to hear the news that the music is finally coming to the streaming service. It will be available to both free and premium Spotify users.

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