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  • 19 November 2012, 19:50

AC/DC Finally Agree Digital Download Deal

Australian hard rock giants AC/DC have agreed a deal to have their back catalogue released digitally, becoming one of the last big names to do so.

The band's 16 studio albums, plus four live albums and three compilations, have been mastered for iTunes and are now on sale as entire albums or individual songs.

Famed for tracks such as Back In Black, the band were among a number of acts who had resisted allowing their music to be sold as downloads through sites such as the iTunes Store.

The Beatles, Kid Rock and Radiohead eventually tied up deals which allowed their music to be sold digitally.

Now AC/DC have joined them after their entire catalogue - dating back to their 1976 debut High Voltage - was cleared for online sales.

"AC/DC's thunderous and primal rock and roll has excited fans for generations with their raw and rebellious brand of music, which also resonates with millions of new fans discovering AC/DC everyday," Columbia Records and Apple, said in a statement.

"Their growing legion of fans will now experience the intensity of AC/DC's music in a way that has never been heard before," they added.

The heavy metal group, that was formed by Scottish-born brothers Angus and Malcolm Young in 1973, has sold more than 200 million albums.

When their last studio album Black Ice came out in 2008, lead vocalist Brian Johnson expressed his concern about the arrival of digital downloads.

And at the world premiere of their concert film Live At The River Plate in London in 2011, guitarist Angus said he would not sanction allowing individual tracks to be downloaded because their songs should be heard as part of a full album.

He told Sky News: "For us it's the best way. We are a band who started off with albums and that's how we've always been."

AC/DC celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2013 and it has been suggested they may mark the anniversary with a new album and a tour.