The Red Hot Chili Peppers have finally made their music available through a digital music service – exclusively through iTunes.

Apple's music service now offers the band's catalogue, including unreleased bonus material and exclusive videos "reflecting tracks from each album and even 'making of' footage from By The Way".

Fans of the band can get tracks recorded during the original recording sessions for 'Blood Sugar Sex Magic', 'By The Way', 'Californication' and 'One Hot Minute'.

It's a major change for the band. In 2003, the band's management - which also at the time managed Metallica - said the act, "would rather not contribute to the decline of the album format".

The decision to add their music to the iTunes catalogue could spark other acts to make the move.

In related news, Radiohead yesterday suggested plans to release songs the band is working on in future as digital-only exclusives in advance of their full release.