iTunes is the most popular retailer of music on the planet, and so you would think any artist worth his/her salt would want to make sure that their catalogue of music is available for purchase there. But musicians are a funny bunch and some of them don’t take too kindly to Apple’s piecemeal way of song distribution.
Specifically, a number of artists aren’t keen on users being able to download songs individually. Rather, they view an album in its entirety as a piece of artwork and exposing users to only a few, or perhaps only one, song from a particular album lacks artistic integrity.
A while back, we highlighted some of the bigger musical acts who refuse to hop on the iTunes bandwagon, from AC/DC to Kid Rock.
Highlighting some of the reluctance to put their music on iTunes, AC/DC guitarist/schoolboy Angus Young previously explained that while money is a factor, it’s not the operative factor.
“Our real reason,” Young explained, “is that we honestly believe the songs on any of our albums belong together. 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.”
Bog Seger is another artist who has historically been iTunes averse, but now the aging rocker is adjusting to the times and will slowly but surely make his catalogue of music available for digital download.
Starting tomorrow, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will put two of his concert albums, ‘Live Bullet’ and ‘Nine Tonight’, up on both iTunes and Amazon. Going forward, the rest of his musical repertoire will “come out in dribs and drabs.”
Interestingly, Seger also noted that he’ll use iTunes as a medium to release unreleased songs.
“There’s just so much of that stuff,” Seger told the Detroit Free Press in an interview,.“I’d love people to finally hear it.”