When we looked into which major Australian acts still didn’t have a presence on the iTunes Music Store earlier this year, Cold Chisel was one of the most prominent hold-outs. The band has now announced a series of re-releases that will include “digital availability”, but we don’t know via which online store.
Cold Chisel announced via its site this week that it will be reissuing its entire back catalogue on CD, complete with bonus tracks and rare live recordings, on July 22. It also included this brief, enigmatic statement:
Cold Chisel’s albums will also be available digitally for the first time.
While it might seem like iTunes is the only logical choice, we wouldn’t be altogether surprised to learn that the band has done a deal with BigPond Music or another dealer for its digital distribution. (Realistically, the main aim of the project will be to sell the new CD editions to the existing fanbase, but getting additional royalties from digital sales would clearly be a welcome bonus.)