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AC/DC and Dr Dre make albums available on streaming services – ending previous boycott

Aussie band make back-catalogue available on various platforms, while Dre signs a deal with Apple Music to stream 'The Chronic'

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AC/DC and Dr Dre are both set to break their boycotts of streaming services.

According to The New York Times, the Australian band will make their records available on platforms including Apple Music, Spotify and Rdio from Tuesday (June 30).

AC/DC had previously been reluctant to release their music digitally, with their records only being available on iTunes from 2012 - almost a decade after its initial launch.

Meanwhile, Apple Music have also secured an exclusive deal with Dr Dre to stream his classic 'The Chronic' album, according to Billboard. Dre's Beats Music company was sold last year to Apple for $3 billion (£1.9 billion).

The record, which was released in June 1992, has never hit a streaming service after the rapper obtained the digital rights from Death Row Records four years ago.

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Apple Music launches on Tuesday (June 30)


Apple announced the new music streaming service at its developers' conference in San Francisco earlier this month (June 8). The features of Apple Music include on-demand streaming, 24/7 radio station Beats 1 and social networking that allows artists to connect with their fans. The service launches on Tuesday (June 30).

The tech giants recently made a U-turn on their royalty scheme following criticism over the policy of not paying musicians, producers, songwriters or rights holders during its three-month free trial. The company changed their mind after Taylor Swift publicly criticised them.

Swift later reversed her decision not to stream her latest album '1989', announcing that Apple Music have acquired the record.

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