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Thumping rockers AC/DC have been remastered for iTunes putting the seminal rocknroll tracks in a digital music store for the first time. AC/DC music has never been sold digitally before record label Columbia cut a deal with Apple, and now all 16 albums are on the store plus two specially packaged digital collections. Apple …

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Anonymous Coward

$99.99 - or $149.99

using the usual exchange rate that would be...£99.99 or £149.99 ?

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£150? A touch too much

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Stop

Since you ask

£79.99 or £99.99

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DUN DER DER DUN DER DER DUN

tnanilialianan DER DUN DER DUN DER DUN DER DUN

(Back in Black, ASCII rendering)

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Angus. Angus

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Anonymous Coward

Alternatively....

...buy a complete set of CDs and rip em yourself.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Alternatively....

Yeah, about 75p each from the local petrol station, next to Wham!

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Re: Alternatively....

Can't, because my new iMac doesn't have an optical drive!

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Alternatively....

ha ha ha haaaa..

Form...meet...Function.

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You see *THERE'S* the problem with digital downloading...

If this was a physical vinyl box set, for that price they'd have included a couple of sachets of bike oil to rub through your hair for that really authentic experience. ;)

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Compressed Rock music

I do not like it, does not compress well at all

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Re: Compressed Rock music

On iTunes it will be ALAC (Apple's version of FLAC) so therefore lossless.

I find 192Kbps CBR fine for most rock, but some requires more. Now that storage space (at least for those who can upgrade it) is cheap, I've started ripping at higher bitrates.

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Unless they've decided to break with the norm for this one release, they're not lossless. iTunes purchases are 256kbit AAC variable bitrate without DRM.

My "online" music purchases consist of online CD purchases that I rip to lossless audio... I also convert these to 192k MP3 VBR to listen on my phone or in the car. I've never paid good money for compressed downloads (and that doesn't mean that I've just taken them for nothing, btw...)

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Re: iTunes purchases are 256kbit AAC variable bitrate

Thanks, didn't know!

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Re: Compressed Rock music

haha I've been downvoted by a philistine.

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Disappointed...

Disappointed that I haven't seen any of the cheesy puns around this story use the obvious “iWay to sell” headline.

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Disappointed...?

I'm thunderstruck!

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Re: Disappointed...?

wonder if they'll have a Big Ball(s) to launch it ?

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Devil

Re: Disappointed...?

Oh... you're all such Riff Raff...

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Devil

Remastered for iTunes

By remastered, do they mean the current trend of making it louder with less definition?

(I'd recommend Highway to Hell)

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Re: Remastered for iTunes

Yes I'm also worried that the melody in many of the more choral pieces will lose the subtle undertone of harmony ....

It's ****ing AC/DC !

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Hmm. Crossover between iTunes hipsters and AC/DC fans ... probably minimal.

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Most people don't fit to your simplistic stereotypes.

One of the biggest AC/DC fans I've known is a very clean-cut ex-public schoolboy.

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I also went to a public school and have every AC/DC album. On CD and some still on vinyl. However, I wouldn't touch iTunes with yours, mate. It's like crabs for computers.

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yes but that's more to do with an old man dressed as a schoolboy more than anything else. It brings back memories of the dorm for him.

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Meh...

Still got the vinyl copies of Powerage, Let There be Rock, If you want blood (you got it) [probably one of the finest live albums ever], and Highway to Hell.

Sod the remasters heavily compressed and quantised, I'm sticking to 70s rock the way it should be - analog.

And, there's hardly a click or a pop or whirr on these records, even after being played for 30 years.

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Re: Meh...

... and it's so much nicer travelling to london on horseback and why bother with electricity - bah humbug. Some people are 'romantic' about analog / vinyl records - why not just record the vinyl version using a lossless 'digital' format instead then play it back through your valve amp ;)

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Re: Meh...

'If you want blood (you got it) [probably one of the finest live albums ever]'

Hmm, better than Live at Leeds?

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Re: Meh...

It's a close thing, but I'm more of an AC/DC fan than a Who fan (I never saw the Who, but I did see AC/DC with Bon Scott, so I'm probably a wee bitty biased :)

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Re: Meh...

Vinyl sounds a million times better than MP3s, assuming you have a kick ass hifi, awesome pickups, your vinyl is kept perfectly upright in a non humid environment with very little temperature fluctuation, there's no dust around, the floor is stable, you've shaved the cat and don't mind flipping over the LP after 22 minutes…

Personally, I can't tell a difference between CD and high bitrate OGG. Spotify streams me 320kb/s OGG, works for me.

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Re: Meh...

"Hmm, better than Live at Leeds?"

No room in there for UFOs Strangers In The Night? MSGs One Night at Budokan? Or, (and I don't give two hoots if there's overdubbing) the mighty Priest's Unleashed In The East?

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Re: Meh...

I've actually always preferred Brian Johnson's vocals. They just seem more balanced and gruffer.

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Re: Meh...

And I probably should have added "Made in Japan"...

Never a huge MSG fan, but Strangers in the Night is just awesome.

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Not a fan of Brian Johnson.

Bon Scott sang with that kinda sneer in his voice (like he has on the cover of Highway To Hell). I don't think Brian Johnson is able to do justice to lots of that older material, songs like The Jack need that kinda sneering.

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Re: Meh...

@noodles: Scott definitely had something to his voice that made him stand out. I love his work but got bored of AC/DC pretty quickly into Johnsons career. It is a personal preference but the songs didnt seem to have the sleazy rocker sound that made "the jack" and "whole lotta rosie" (or pretty much the whole highway to hell album). Not saying that Brian isnt talented.

And I will weigh into the vinyl debate that MP3 and cd is much easier to transport but the sound of a vinyl record does make a difference. I am always on the lookout to pick up more and have always had a record player.

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My favourite live LP

Gary Moore Rocking every night live in japan

£8 import LP in the 1980s

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Re: Meh...

Maiden's "Live After Death" - end of 'best live album in the world, ever' discussion ;-)

<-- Devil, 'cos it's the closest I can find to an Eddie icon.

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Re: Meh...

Actually it is a red car!

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It's a long way to the shop

If you want a chiko roll* !!!

Anthem of my childhood.

* god awful fast food made from lips anus and too much cabbage.

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Loudness War

Yep, confirmed. They've been Loudness War mastered, or 'Mastered for iTunes' if you like.

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Or, as I prefer to describe it, utterly butchered.

A dirty deed, indeed.

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Re: Loudness War

> A dirty deed, indeed.

Done dirt cheap, I imagine.

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Really? Seriously?

AC/DC music has never been sold digitally before

Did three decades of Compact Discs pass them by?

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Re: Really? Seriously?

No, it most certainly has been sold on CD. I assume they really meant "sold as digital downloads" before.

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"No, it most certainly has been sold on CD. I assume they really meant "sold as digital downloads" before."

Yes, we- including the original poster- know that's what was meant, it just doesn't make it any less annoying or wrong. Considering that one of the main selling points of the CD was that it was DIGITAL F*****G AUDIO, it's rather grating that everyone assumes that digital = download and vice versa.

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Anonymous Coward

Google Music please.

As I don't use anything that's been touched by Apple.

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Re: Google Music please.

Best put that computer mouse down then.

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$99.99 - $149.99 to rent music and never own it?

Bugger that.

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Moron!

There's no DRM! You download it and - it's yours! Forever! Unless the bitrot fairy comes a-calling... (Make a backup, OK.)

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16 albums, or one album 16 times, who can tell?

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