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Apple's musical revolution

Misha Pearlman | Feb. 26, 2013
Despite persistent claims to the contrary, the album isn't dead -- yet. Adele has sold more than 25 million copies of her second full-length recording, 21, since it was released in January 2011, while back in September, hoedown-loving folksters Mumford & Sons shifted some 600,000 units of their second record, Babel, in its first week.

Like Metallica before them, AC/DC firmly believe their music should be consumed in album form rather than as scattered singles.

Def Leppard: intermittent, limited availability

Surprisingly tech-savvy for a bunch of rock dinosaurs, Def Leppard came up with a unique response when a record label dispute saw their music disappear from iTunes. Last summer, the band took matters into their own hands and re-recorded covers of their own hits -- they referred to them as "forgeries" -- in an attempt to score some digital revenue. The current range of Leppard material on iTunes remains distinctly limited.

...than never

At press time the following bands are still not available on iTunes.


Maynard James Keenan and his confrontational art-metal collective are yet another group that don't wish to have their music splintered into mixtape-ready pieces. Though you can purchase the band's CDs just about anywhere you like, digital downloads are off limits.

Garth Brooks

The 1990s country star feels much the same way about digital downloads as he does about fancy-pants city folk.

King Crimson

A seminal progressive rock band of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, King Crimson aren't very progressive about digital downloads.

Miscellaneous holes

No, that's not the name of a new indie band. Instead, we're referring to the numerous gaps in popular artists' digitally available back catalogues.

Aside from albums that have simply gone out of print, many are available on CD but not in downloadable form. Captain Beefheart's astonishing Trout Mask Replica can't be found. As for Bob Welch-era Fleetwood Mac, sorry: the Stevie Nicks line-up is well represented, but not the early stuff. And well-loved material from near the start of the Kinks' career is not to be had on iTunes.


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