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Dogs and Cats Live Together, and Kid Rock Starts Selling Music on iTunes

It’s like the Barack Obama/Chris Christie linkup, except not such a big deal at all: Kid Rock is finally working with iTunes.

Yup: Later this month you’ll be able to buy the rock/rap/country dude’s new “Rebel Soul” album via Apple. If you can’t wait that long, you can get “Let’s Ride,” his new single, for $1.29.

The reason this matters, a teeny tiny bit, is that up until now Kid Rock has been one of the last few prominent acts to keep his stuff off iTunes. The reason, he told CNN’s Piers Morgan last year, was that Apple’s pricing policies — which generally require acts and labels to sell their stuff at specific price tiers — were “un-American.”

Apple hasn’t changed its mind, so apparently Kid Rock has. (For the record, Kid Rock has also said he was an Apple shareholder and a huge Steve Jobs fan.)

The list of iTunes holdouts, which at one time included acts like the Beatles and Radiohead, is now pretty much down to AC/DC and Garth Brooks. (Thanks to Jason Herskowitz for reminding us that now the big digital music showdown is usually with Spotify. You won’t find Taylor Swift’s best-selling new album, for instance, on the streaming music service.)

Note that like the Beatles, Kid Rock appears to be an Apple digital exclusive — Amazon still doesn’t have him.

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