Why is it that old bands such as Metallica and AC/DC have to be so stubborn with the change in times? Don’t get me wrong, I have always liked these bands and even still listen to them from time to time but they keep fighting a fruitless battle for their antiquated ideals. Thirty-five years ago when they signed their contracts with record labels I am sure that there were a few unforseen circumstances. Aren’t there always…
Ok, so Metallica’s biggest bitch a few years back was enveloped in music piracy and I can understand that one but their theories were still out there. AC/DC won’t allow any of their songs to be sold on iTunes because “they believe that their artistic value lies within entire albums”. Respectable. I guess… what I see here is that they know full well that they had a tops of two good songs on each album and the rest were fill. Back in their day, the day of the cassette, they had this control since you had to buy the entire album. They didn’t release singles because it’s likely that full album sales would drop off.
iTunes is one of the largest, most common download services and a per song download process is certainly prevailent. So keep your artistic value, AC/DC – there are plenty of sites who do offer your albums in full. Even sites with all of them.
The moral of the story is that half of a loaf of bread is sometimes better than no bread at all.