BEN SISARIO NY Times 11/21/12
Apple’s iTunes has added the AC/DC catalog and closed one of the few significant gaps in its music store. But gaps remain at the service, which will turn 10 years old in a few months and has sold more than 20 billion songs.
Following are well-known acts that are still withholding some or all of their music from the service.
Garth Brooks – With more than 128 million albums sold in the United States, Mr. Brooks ranks below only the Beatles and Elvis Presley. But you can’t buy his music on iTunes. (Well, his recorded music, that is – iTunes does sell some of his sheet music.)
Tool – Side projects associated with this metal band, like A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, are there, but not Tool, whose CDs often have elaborate packaging.
Def Leppard – For years the band has avoided making its music available online because of a dispute with its record company over royalties. But this year the band began rerecording what it called “forgeries” of its own hits for iTunes, Spotify and other services. So far only “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Rock of Ages” are available (along with some live recordings and newer material), but a spokeswoman for the band said more were coming.
King Crimson – The progressive rock group is protective of the rights to its recordings, particularly when it comes to digital services.
Black Sabbath – Some of the group’s albums are available, but most of its landmark early ones, like “Paranoid” and “Masters of Reality,” are not. That means no “Iron Man” or “War Pigs” — unless, of course, you are looking for baby-friendly cover versions.
Bob Seger – Last year, Mr. Seger released a hits collection and two live albums on iTunes, but the rest of his catalog is still absent. (Like AC/DC, Mr. Seger had a major strategic reason for doing so: he has sold more than 50 million albums in the United States, with his catalog sales still holding strong.)