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Posted at 1:30 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Taking sides: Beatles, schmeatles -- who else is missing from iTunes?

By Click Track

BeatlesNeo-Beatlemania swept the internet this week when the Beatles catalog finally came to iTunes. But who else is missing? (File photo.)

Did you hear? An old rock band called the Beatles just started selling their music on iTunes and now we'll all be able to hear their amazing music. Finally!

Steve Jobs may have just filled the most gaping hole in his virtual music store, but the myth of iTunes being The Ultimate Music Outlet is still pretty much a myth. There are scores of titles absent from iTunes -- from both big names who refuse to sell their wares digitally and obscure artists whose work has been lost in digital limbo.

For our weekly Taking sides post, Click Track's contributors each picked an artist they wish they could enjoy in 99 cent morsels. Read our thoughts after the jump and leave yours in the comments.

Chris Richards: If we can't buy Bob Seger's "Against the Wind" for 99 cents, we will be forced to buy used vinyl copies of the entire album at The CD/Game Exchange in Silver Spring for the same exact price. Everybody wins! Except Kid Rock. Does Seger's musical spell on the rap-metal survivor extend to Kid's even-more-famous boycott of iTunes? Meantime, the iTunes store does offer "Against the Wind" by a Silver Bullet Band tribute troupe whose rendition is brilliantly pathetic.

Aaron Leitko: Bob Seger, of course. But what I'd really like to see is more of the Sky Records catalog. During the late '70s and early '80s this German records by krautrock big-wigs like Cluster and Michael Rother (of Neu fame), but also lesser names like Nick Tyndall, Gunter Schickert, and Harald Grosskopf. These were some of the best, least-heralded, space-out records of their era. Let's get these smooth, 20-minute-long tunes back into circulation.

Allison Stewart: Ever since "Iron Man" I've been going through an AC/DC phase, and they're the ones I miss the most. Plus, I'd like to be able to legally download "Picture" by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow, because laugh all you want, that song is awesome. These iTunes hold-outs puzzle me: They seem united in their convictions that they're "album artists" whose work can't be broken into pieces, because that would cheapen it somehow. Stubbornness also seems to be a factor. That -- and Kid Rock comparing the iTunes pricing model to socialism -- is a whole lot of dumb.

David Malitz: I've never bought a single song through iTunes, so I'm not really sure what's in there and what's not. But if they somehow added the original 7" version of "Desert Skies" by overlooked indie-hippie greats Beachwood Sparks, I would definitely make my first iTunes purchase. I've searched up and down the Internet for this song and have had no luck. I doubt that if they added this tune it would merit a full-band portrait on, but it would mean a lot to me. And if you heard and like the band's cover of Sade's "By Your Side" in "Scott Pilgrim," I'd definitely recommend checking out their first-self titled album.

By Click Track  | November 18, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags:  AC/DC, Beachwood Sparks, Beatles, Bob Seger, Cluster, Kid Rock, Neu, Sheryl Crow  
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I'm fairly astonished that someone who is one of the Post's main music critics hasn't bought anything from iTunes--it is, after all, the largest music retailer in the world. But I guess if you get all your music free from review copies...

And, um, if you'd do a quick search of iTunes, you'd see that "Desert Skies" is, indeed, available. Duh!

Posted by: Eyewitness1 | November 18, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Up until a few months ago (when they changed my monthly credits from 75 to 35) I was a subscriber to eMusic for about 5 years, so that's how I bought digital music. Would you be "fairly astonished" if I told you I've never bought a CD at Wal-Mart? Because I haven't done that either.

And I specifically said the original version of that song, not the one on the CD/the one available in iTunes. Thanks, though.

Posted by: DavidMalitz | November 18, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey Eyewitness- before you are so quick to say "Duh!" and be critical of the writer, maybe you should read what he wrote again- he was talking about the version of "Desert Skies" from the original 7" single(something he clearly stated). The only version of this song available on iTunes is the one from their debut record (I just checked). Clearly this writer is a fan and and already has this easily available version.

Also, like the writer, I am a huge music fan but have also never bought anything off of iTunes, even though I work as a musician and producer in the music industry. There are some of us out there that like to hold something tangible that we pay for. We like the artwork,photos, credits, liner notes, and everything else that comes with the vinyl, and to a lesser extent, cd versions of records. Some of us also still like the "album" as an art form.
Is this a concept that's hard for you to grasp?

Posted by: rogerfernando | November 19, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

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