Led zeppelin is going digital

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Led Zeppelin's digital "Communication Breakdown" ends Nov. 13. The classic-rock group, one of the last major holdouts against digital distribution of its music, is making its catalog available online to coincide with the release that day of a new two-disc compilation from Rhino Records, "Mothership."

The announcement comes amid a flurry of Led Zeppelin activity, which will culminate with a Nov. 26 reunion concert at London's O2 Arena to honor late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Led Zeppelin's eight original albums will be made available to all major download retailers, including Apple's iTunes Store, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart and Rhapsody. The music will be sold as full-album or a la carte downloads. Also released digitally will be live collections "The Song Remains the Same" and "How the West Was Won," as well as the aforementioned "Mothership" and 1982 outtake collection "Coda."

The deal leaves the Beatles as the last major act to still not have its catalog available digitally. The Beatles aren't expected to be holdouts forever, as solo music from John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and most recently George Harrison have been made available to iTunes this year.

In a separate but related move, also announced Monday, Led Zeppelin has partnered with Verizon Wireless to make available a host of mobile content, including rintones, wallpapers and ringbacks.

In addition to "Mothership," Rhion will on Nov. 20 a newly-remixed and remastered version of "The Song Remains The Same." The soundtrack will be come with six songs that were not on the original album.

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