With Beatles now on iTunes, who are the last holdouts—and why?

Metallica were the first to cave, in mid-2006. In November of 2007, Led Zeppelin followed; in June 2008, Radiohead finally said OK, computer. Read the full post.

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  • Kiki

    Consumers being able to choose which songs they want to buy…that’s killing music? None of those arguments make sense. It’s just artists being snobby about their music. (And Kid Rock, especially, has no business being snobby about anything. I may pay more for Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ than a garage band’s song, but I’d definitely pay more for the garage band than Kid Rock.)

  • LEW

    I’m still waiting for the Remember the Titans soundtrack.

    • Ryan

      Buy the CD of it. I own it and have for ten years now. Great disc. You can play it in your car and download the files into your iTunes for your iPod

  • Allison

    Funny, but all of these bands have released singles – if their albums are meant to be heard as one continuous masterpiece, why would they release songs one at a time?

    • Paty

      Think about it this way–people don’t download the trailer or their favorite scene of a movie or TV series. They download the entire movie or TV episode. Many musicians view the album’s singles as a musical trailer for the album.

      • Hailey

        I see what you’re saying, but that argument doesn’t work. A movie trailer is free: “here, check this out, isn’t this awesome? Come see this movie!” A music single is not. They’re chopping up their OWN albums, not to say “here, listen, you like? Buy it!” – they’re making money.

      • Paty

        A [music] single is free when you hear it on the radio or on a website (artist website, MySpace, YouTube, etc). I didn’t mean to imply that you could download singles for free. No matter the changes in the music business, some artists have made full albums only as a way to make more money from their hit singles. Some artists make albums only to make some artistic statement, and then try to sell the album via singles. The record company probably chops up the albums and picks the singles more often than does the artist because companies want to make back their money.

  • anonymous

    I, for one, appreciate Kid Rock’s comments. I needed that laugh today. XD

  • Andrew M

    You know what though? Studies have shown that if given a cheaper and more direct way to buy what they want, illegal downloaders will do that.

  • Cindy

    I rarely buy CD’s – and am slowly ripping the ones I do own. I now acquire my music in digital format (one way or another). I do agree that if I rip it myself I can get a much better quality, but I can also ‘find’ that quality online if I really look.

    What I do purchase are single songs from artists that I’m either just discovering or re-discovering – songs that I really like. It is rare that I would purchase an entire album – those that I do are generally for my ‘favorite’ artists, where I know that I will want to own the whole album.

    For the artists that don’t want to make their music available through iTunes, I think they eventually change their minds – once they really get the message – music is going digital – whether they like it or not.


      Don’t forget to back up your digital…I’ve had to re-populate my laptop more than once and that’s no fun. At least my cds don’t go “poof”!

  • Bob

    Please Kid Rock… STAY away.

  • Mindy

    While I appreciate their desire to see their albums heard in their entirety, are they also refusing to release singles? Do they refuse radio airplay for specific songs? If any of these people has ever sold a single before, I don’t entirely see what their “album only” issue is with iTunes. And, by the way, iTunes does occasionally have an “album only” download.

    • Don

      Some musicians view album singles as musical trailers for the album, especially if they have woven the album’s theme into each song. Film producers release movie trailers to entice you to view and later buy the entire movie, not just the trailer they aired on TV commercials.

      • Tony

        But Mindy’s point is if that is the case, why release the single to begin with? If Kid Rock felt his Devil Without a Cause was such a masterpiece that needed to be experienced as a whole, why release Cowboy as a single? Only God Knows Why? I respect their right to do what they please with their music. But be honest about why instead of spewing this nonsense about keeping the integrity of your albums. Peeing on my leg and trying to tell me its raining

      • Mindy

        It isn’t exactly the same as a trailer for a movie. A trailer can be viewed for free. Singles are BOUGHT. That is why there are things like the Billboard singles sales charts. For instance, AC/DC released “Back in Black” as a single. Format: 7 inch. It went to #37 on the Hot 100. That means people were buying it as a single. So, why hold out now for entire albums only? How about a compromise? Put the albums on iTunes, and only allow the released singles to be sold individually.

      • Don

        Sorry, should have clarified. I’m talking about singles as releases to radio and internet sources, not as items to be purchased. Mindy, that compromise makes sense in certain instances.

  • Ryan

    I prefer CDs over my iPod for sound quality because when played through my car, CDs sound better. I don’t buy from iTunes ever because I can’t play their files off my sound system that has a wireless link to my computer’s music library. Only have 2 or 3 songs of theirs thank God. Everybody else, I rip their CDs. Don’t care that they don’t have AC/DC or The Beatles until today. I had them in my iTunes library years ago

  • Casey

    …Really? Those are their arguments for not having their music digitally available? It just makes them sound like a bunch of arrogant a-holes. And coming from someone like Kid Rock, it’s just laughable. How much does he think his music is worth? I mean, I wouldn’t even take his stuff for free. Their arguments are looking even weaker now since The Beatles’ entire catalog is now on iTunes. Are they going to argue that The Beatles’ work isn’t art now that it’s available on iTunes for individual download?

    • Mimi

      I agree. The idea of this being about artistic integrity is absurd when you consider some of the artists who sell their music on itunes, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and now the Beatles. All of them are vastly superior to to the rest of the holdouts.

  • dipshat

    The other day i downloaded some B.o.B off I-Tunes and when i looked up Kid Rock their was nothing available. Anyway, i was wondering about that, so thanks EW. (And by the way, wouldn’t be surprised if Kid R. put his stuff on their in a few years.

  • Adam

    “in June 2008, Radiohead finally said OK, computer.” Ha! I don’t know why that made me laugh so much, but it did.

  • Rich

    I buy CD’s because of sound quality then I rip them into MP3’s @ 160 rate and then play them on my Non-Apples MP3 player. I don’t care for Apple because ITunes wants to run the show and Apple is only interested in keeping the price of their units high when all electronic devices go down in price over time just look at HD TV’s and Blueray

  • Paul

    I remember in the 80’s when MTV first started out, Hall and Oates stated in a press conference that MTV would ruin music. How wrong were they? This is the same thing. These artists are missing out on lots of money. How many record stores are there now? Do the vast majority of music buyers frequent record stores to buy their music? I think not. In the next few years CD’s will be a thing for the history books, and you will be able to buy all the Garth Brooks songs you want on itunes.

    • private eyes

      But MTV did ruin music. In a lot of different ways, but mainly because they stopped playing music. You can also reasonably argue they facilitated the cause of image over substantce in music, which is surely the root cause of all lame music being produced today. I for one regret the passing of record stores and love the idea of CD (or vinyl – look it up in a history book, kids) in my hands.

      • Paul

        I don’t think MTV ruined music. It simply replaced the variety shows of the 60’s and 70’s where artists marketed their music. MTV ruined itself by not playing music. Over the years music videos have been creative and entertaining. MJ’s Thriller video for example was awesome. It hardly ruined the song.

      • Jake

        Ah, the same old “video killed the radio star” argument. Pull up a chair, grandpa. :-) People have been saying this sinch Elvis and the Beatles hit Sullivan – oh, these kids today and their crappy music; “image over substance” indeed. And now both artists are considered among the original pioneers of modern music, and widely respected for their contributions. Now, I’m not saying Justin Bieber is destined to be inducted into any prestigious halls of fame while I’m babysitting my grandchildren someday. But we have all heard this argument before.

  • maxx

    The artists are being selfish because they want people to buy solid cds which make more money for them. It shows how self absorbed and how little they really care about there fans who may not be able 2 afford the entire album. So shame on them.

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