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Kid Rock Goes Digital: Full Albums Now Available on Rhapsody

October 3, 2008 10:45 AM ET

Kid Rock has issued a temporary ceasefire in his war against digital music services: the Detroit rocker has signed an exclusive deal with Rhapsody. Starting today, Kid's entire discography will be available for both streaming and downloading at both Rhapsody and their MP3 store. Rock, along with the Beatles and AC/DC, is one of the last artists not to allow his music onto iTunes. So why did Rock lay down his arms? Unlike iTunes and Amazon, who both offer a la carte song purchases, Rhapsody will only sell Rock's albums in their entirety, keeping with the Rock N' Roll Jesus' adage that he makes albums, not songs. Plus, "[iTunes is] an old system, where iTunes takes the money, the record company takes the money, and they don't give it to the artists," Rock said back in June. The deal lasts four months, after which time Kid may sell his tunes on other digital-music services. As it happens Rolling Stone and Rhapsody are partners (full disclosure!), which means you can get your Kid Rock music right here.

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