Apple has achieved a major coup against its rivals, signing the complete digital music catalogue of the Rolling Stones as part of a new deal with Abkco.

The move also gives iTunes users access to classic tracks from the likes of Sam Cooke and The Animals.

iTunes Music Store is the only online music service in the world to feature the complete Rolling Stones digital music catalogu, Apple claims.

In August 2003, Real Networks managed to persuade the band to allow it to carry some Rolling Stones songs as released on EMI’s Virgin Records, but Apple is offering a far more extensive catalogue.

New Stones album virtually ships

The service is also offering music fans worldwide the opportunity to pre-order a special version of the new Rolling Stones album “A Bigger Bang” with an exclusive bonus video.

Recent reports confirm The Rolling Stones will follow up "A Bigger Bang” with a rarities disc with B-sides and out-of-print tunes in November, though it’s not known if this will make it to the catalogue.

The band will also be supported by Metallica at their fast selling-out gigs in Apple’s home town, San Francisco, on November 13 and 15.

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