Music not on iTunes

Who says NO to the Apple behemoth?

Without question, the iTunes Store is the world’s #1 music store. It’s no contest. As a matter of fact, iTunes sold its 10 billionth song last year. Said Eddy Cue, Apple’s VP of Internet Software & Services, “We’re proud that iTunes has become the #1 music retailer in the world, and selling 10 billion songs is truly staggering.” Yessir, no matter how you slice it, 10,000,000,000 songs sold is pretty dang impressive. But there’s a BUT – some artists (granted, it’s the minority) still refuse to make their music available on iTunes.

Music acts, like AC/DC and Kid Rock, continue to shun the almighty iTunes for reasons that range from artistic integrity to profitability. Some say they don’t want their albums to be sliced and diced and sold as singles. Others say album sales are more profitable and they earn more from selling whole albums than they would from selling individual tracks (duh! – digital single-track sales are low-profit transactions). Still others say all the songs off an album belong together and are meant to be consumed as one and in the entirety.

Said AC/DC’s Angus Young, “If we were on iTunes, we know a certain percentage of people would only download two or three songs from the album – and we don’t think that represents us musically.”

See below for a list of artists who have yet to license their music (for the most part) to iTunes. Know of another? – leave a comment! Am I wrong on something? – let me know!

Garth Brooks
Kid Rock
Bob Seger
Def Leppard
The Smiths
Black Sabbath
King Crimson

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3 thoughts on “Music not on iTunes”

  1. I think selling song by song would definitely get your music out to a greater audience, which may lead to greater profit in the long run. So I personally think it’s better to embrace the behemoth rather than shun it.

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