One of the music industry’s most famous digital holdouts is finally making his catalogue available online, but Garth Brooks won’t be doing it with traditional download stores. In three days’ time, Brooks – freshly signed to Sony Music – will start making his back catalogue available on his own website, as it relaunches on15 July. iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Beats Music and other digital services appear to still be out in the cold, although details are currently unclear about whether Brooks’ site will be offering downloads or streams. Or, indeed, both. “We will do our digital the only way we can,” Brooks told a press conference this week, promising that the catalogue would be available “at a stupid price”. It’s likely to be full albums, given that Brooks’ reason for holding out on iTunes this long was Apple’s insistence that his albums had to be offered as individual tracks for sale.

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