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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  • Reese Mitchell

    I guess the holdouts are just living in the past with their 8 track player. Speed up, slow down or just get out the way. It’s their fans’ loss. If they have any left.

  • Rob

    Yeah. I dunno. I try to buy directly from the artist’s site if they have Paypal, or something. One of my favourite artists says iTunes takes an unfair chunk of profit for the hosting/sales.

  • Tyler

    Artists like AC/DC who complain about albums being “works of art” that shouldn’t be broken up are pure hypocrites. They say that their songs should not be split apart and purchased/played outside of the context of the full album.

    However, they release singles to radio. They make music videos for individual songs. In concert they don’t play their complete albums from front to back.

    Get your story straight, Angus.

    • Hailey

      Good point. Not to mention, radio does not play each and every note, chord, vocal and instrument in the songs they play. They clip the beginnings and endings to avoid dead air fadeouts, and sometimes if the song is considered overlong, they’ll snip entire verses out to keep it under 4 minutes. Artists don’t generally consider that some sort of assault against their artistic expression.

      • Teri

        Films release trailers, but they still want you to see the whole movie. Some artists do care about radio edits and deal with them by either producing both a radio edit and an album edit of a song, or by resisting the release of certain songs as singles.

    • Mindy

      And again, the movie trailer argument is not valid. Trailers are viewed for free. People BUY singles. And they have been buying singles since before iTunes. I mean, once upon a time people bought a physical product for a single.
      And this point about concerts is good too. They charge people for concerts, but don’t play albums in their entirety.
      Obviously, they are complaining because album sales make more money. But, just come out and say that.

      • Teri

        Just because singles are sold does not mean that is the only way they are consumed or used. Ever heard of the radio? As of now, it’s free.
        Once upon a time, singles were bought because the record companies’ focus was mostly on creating singles, not creating thematic albums. Albums were simply non-cohesive bundles of singles, and were sometimes made only after a company had a certain number of hit singles from an artist. More artists later began making thematic albums, which still worked because the concept of an album was more widespread.
        I understand the argument about concerts, but most people who attend a concert are familiar with the artist and believe it or not, already own the album. Therefore, it is boring for both the audience and the artist/performer to reenact the album verbatim. Different venues call for different approaches. Now, perhaps less creative entertainers like to impersonate robots, but artists tend to be more expressive.

  • Sara

    The thing about Tool is that they put a lot of effort into the art and production of the physical packaging of their albums as well as the music, and it would be a shame to own their stuff only digitally. And as a previous commenter stated, they’re doing just fine without iTunes. I’d buy anything this band created, but I appreciate owning the actual CD and its accompanying artwork and will always buy that regardless of any future digital availability.

  • reel_deal

    People still giving crap about ACDC selling Black Ice thru Walmart? Goddamn it was the full album, it doesn’t make Johnson a hypocrite or anything.

  • Wil

    *Cough* What about TOOL?
    Although I’d prefer to have the physical album it’d be cool to find some b-sides, etc.

  • Hailey

    I have to respectfully disagree with the artists quoted here. The argument that iTunes is killing music is ridiculous. If anything, iTunes has smashed open the music market and broadened a great many listeners’ horizons. Yes, if you’re a sound purist, you’re going to want to stick to CDs – and you’re certainly welcome to pay for that privilege. Just how many “greatest hits” incarnations does Garth Brooks think he’s going to package and sell in box set CDs? Not to mention, you’d think someone who’s retired and not actively recording would welcome the exposure iTunes offers. Gone are the days of having to shell out upwards of $20 for a CD of potentially mediocre and disappointing music to get at a song or two that you actually like. And this is a GOOD THING! These people talk about every album they ever recorded, or even THOUGHT about recording, like it’s some brilliant masterpiece of musical brilliance (and please tell me Kid Rock did not just compare himself to Bruce Springsteen…) and that’s just dumb marketing. If you want to sell an album to some guy who just stopped listening to 8-tracks in his basement last year, fine. If you want as many actual ears as possible to hear your art – and buy your art – then what’s the problem?

  • Nathan

    Metallica WAS the first to cave. Come on, Ew grammar department. Get with it..

  • Molly

    Areosmith is also not on there. There is maybe one greatest hits album and that’s it.

    • Tony

      iTunes has Aerosmith on there, and some albums. Not all of them, I don’t think, but Permanent Vacation and Pump definitely are. The Sony albums, though, I think are not.

  • Caitlin

    I love CDs. I don’t like downloading songs. I guess I’m an old-fashioned 20 year old.

  • Jake

    I remember the handful of years before iTunes, and before online retailing of music really caught on, when your average CD cost upwards of $20. And good luck finding a single of a popular radio hit – the singles market didn’t go anywhere, the record companies just weren’t interested in selling to it. “Record stores” were shutting their doors right and left, music execs were wringing their hands over dismal album sales (because you were failure if you didn’t move a spectacular number of albums in your opening week), and artists were being dropped from their labels and loudly lamenting the death of music. After all this gluttony, the online marketplace pushed album sales back down where they belong. The single is alive and well again! Without iTunes (and legally downloadable music in general) steering the bus, consumer access to music would be just as sterile as FM-radio. If I hear an obscure song in a movie or TV show, I can find it and buy it. And if I discover a group or artist I really like, I’ll buy more. Apple is a corporation, yes, and they want to make money, of course. But I strongly disagree they’re killing musical expression.

    • Georgia

      CD prices in the nineties is the first thing I thought of. Who wants to go back to 20 to 30 dollars for a CD??? Sound quality is not that much better to justify those prices. Bitter musicians and grimy label execs are just mad they didn’t think of it first.

      • Mindy

        Especially when you can now get cds on Amazon.com for about what iTunes charges. I bought Cee-Lo’s cd at Best Buy for the same price that iTunes was charging. Yesterday Amazon.com had the Beatles CD Box Set for LESS than what iTunes was charging.

  • BobLobLaw

    No mention of Prince? Next to the Beatles, I’d think he’d be the biggest name not to buy into iTunes.

  • steve

    Good thing only the good artists hold out. Should you have to buy an entire album when all of the songs except 2 or 3 are terrible. people will just have to bootleg them then.

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  • Nikki

    Bottom line: if I like the music I buy the CD, the quality is much better and then there’s the fact that I’m supporting some artists who might be more obscure than those who are selling 27 million copies or whatever. I like the options but I’ll stick with what works for me and that is getting the CD. Although…I won’t buy an entire CD for just one good song. It has to be worth the purchase.

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