The king of popâ€™s first posthumous album will be sold in the iTunes store, Wired.com has learned.An Apple spokesman confirmed that iTunes will in fact sell Michael Jacksonâ€™s This Is It album, settling confusion about whether Sonyâ€™s insistence that the album be sold as a bundle conflicted with iTunesâ€™ general practice of selling songs as individual downloads.
Apple and Sony have agreed to meet somewhere in the middle. As such, iTunes will sell two versions of the album. The album will contain everything thatâ€™s on the physical offering (two versions of the new â€œThis Is Itâ€ single, four demos, and 14 previously-released â€œgreatest hitsâ€ tracks), while the E.P. (extended play single) will include only the six previously unreleased tracks.â€œWe look forward to offering the new Michael Jackson album, as well as a digital-only E.P. with six previously unreleased tracks, providing fans a great way to get all of the new songs,â€ said Apple in a statement issued to Wired.com. â€œThe iTunes Store will offer the album-only single â€˜This Is Itâ€™ on both the album and E.P.â€
As it turns out, Apple does not have a firm policy against selling bundled music. Rather, exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis, as happened here and with albums from (iTunes links) Dirty Vegas, Herbie Hancock, and Trey Songs, and the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack.This double-bundle approach means fans wonâ€™t be able to cherrypick the new single for 99 cents.Â However, the compromise also gives them a way to purchase only the new material, rather than putting up with the old CD model of purchasing a bunch of unwanted or already acquired material, just to get one or two tracks of interest.Apple said that the full-length and E.P. versions of the album will go on sale in the iTunes on October 26, the day before the double CD version goes on sale.