AC/DC Speaks Out On iTunes & Wal-Mart

AC/DC has never released its music digitally and the new release "Black Ice" will be no exception.  The band’s 61 year old lead singer shares why (beside the money) the band is sticking to a Wal-Mart only CD release.

"Maybe I’m just being old fashioned, but this iTunes, God bless ’em, it’s going to kill music if they’re not careful," lead singer Brian Johnson told Reuters. "It’s a monster, this thing. It just worries me. And I’m sure they’re just doing it all in the interest of making as much cash as possible. Let’s put it this way, it’s certainly not for the love, let’s get that out of the way, right away."

Do you think AC/DC are right or has ol’ Bri’ banged his head one too many times?

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  1. That’s ironic coming from a 61-year-old man who’s about to release a rock and roll record in what seems like an attempt to milk just a few more dollars out of what once was a great band before retirement.
    Most of the time, the whole love vs. money argument is so stupid and hypocritical, it doesn’t even warrant a response. You’d think he would have figured out the way the world works after 61 years.

  2. Exactly. Walmart “love’s them for the money” too, there’s no difference. I’m guessing Kahuna is right, he probably thinks its just a file sharing thing. Clueless banter from clueless people…

  3. This is quite funny. It makes me laugh to hear a band who is putting their new record out exclusively through the worst, greed-driven business ever, Wal-Mart, accusing iTunes of ruining the biz.

  4. Exactly. Walmart put Rubbermaid (a local Ohio company ) right out of business. Likewise we had a chain of “record stores” here with the best imports, new releases, etc. They went out of business when Best Buy Moved in. Our local music store went out of business when Guitar center moved in. Support your local bands, your local stores, in the end you wind up with no real selection that is priced great.

  5. So AC/DC does not sell its music on iTunes because they want their albums to remain intact and not let people buy their songs piecemeal. Well, I totally agree with that sentiment. Conversely, AC/DC is going to sell its new album exclusively in Walmart. What? Fuck that. How not rock n’ roll is that? Its great that AC/DC stands by the integrity of their work to the point that they are willing to forgo profits from iTunes, but to cut out all other physical music stores but Walmart is just too far. I’m sure it makes business sense, but that seems to fly in the face of their iTunes decision (though maybe that is just a pure biz decision too and I am just missing the point). Regardless, I will forever think about neon lights and underpaid, non-health insured people in blue smocks when I hear AC/DC’s songs in the future. These are the times we live in.

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