Aussie rockers AC/DC's music to be sold on iTunes

NEW YORK, Nov 19 (Reuters) - AC/DC'S entire catalogue,

including 20 studio and live albums and three compilations will

be available on iTunes for the first time worldwide, Columbia

Records and Apple said on Monday.

Until now the Australian heavy metal group that was formed

by two brothers, Angus and Malcolm Young, in 1973, had refused

to put their music on Apple Inc's online music store.

"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 announcing the deal.

"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 group's 1976 debut album "High Voltage," its classic

"Back In Black" and 2008's "Black Ice" are among the albums

available on iTunes.

All the of music has been mastered for iTunes and fans can

download entire albums or individual songs.

(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; editing by Paul Casciato)

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