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Metallica, the largest opponents to online distribution, decided to no longer let the dollars slip away

Veteran band Metallica, one of the first music artists to take offense to the original peer-to-peer file sharing program Napster, has decided to offer their music for sale on the Apple iTunes music download service.  Although the band has had entire albums available via the Internet for years, this is the first time where individual tracks can be downloaded.  Starting on Tuesday, the band put up its entire backlog of 10 albums on iTunes.  Metallica also made several unreleased tracks available  for their first four albums.  Due to Metallica's record company overseas not wanting to "play ball," songs can only be offered on iTunes in the U.S. and Canada.  According to a press release on Metallica's web site: 

Over the last year or so, we have seen an ever-growing number of Metallica fans using online sites like iTunes to get their music. So, in continuing with the tradition of offering our albums for sale online (which we've been doing for a few years through various sites), as well as making our live concerts available for download in their entirety (through the site), we are now offering fans the opportunity to obtain our songs individually.

Metallica didn't want to offer individual songs on iTunes after the program's launch in 2003, because the band didn't want to "contribute to the demise of the album format."  The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, along with Radiohead are just a few examples of bands that are currently have declined the option of having content on iTunes.

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I created an account
By dluther on 7/28/2006 9:23:05 PM , Rating: 4
Just so I could post this "who gives a flying f*#k".

To me, Metallica has always represented the epitome of self-indulgent, whining puppets. They could have, at any time started their own digital content division and offered their "songs" for download, offering a 32Kbps "trial" for free, then stepping up to 128/192Kbps format and charged whatever the market would bear, just like the greedy capitalists they are.

And everybody would have been happy.

I hope these guys rot in hell. Okay, they're already going to rot in hell, but I hope they go broke doing it.

RE: I created an account
By shadowzz on 7/28/2006 9:26:57 PM , Rating: 2

RE: I created an account
By retrospooty on 7/28/2006 9:33:23 PM , Rating: 3
LOL, I am sure kharmic justice has already hit them.

They were SOOOOOOO concered about thier money, and a few sorry saps that were downloading it for free. Now they are way past thier prime, and no-one buys their stuff, their last CD was devoid of anything worthwhile and not many people bought it. Now they are hurting for cash and willing to make a little bit of it from itunes. LOL.

RE: I created an account
By nutxo on 7/29/2006 2:33:56 AM , Rating: 2
I seriously doubt they are hurting for cash. More like hurting for public approval again.

RE: I created an account
By uksupramk3 on 7/28/06, Rating: 0
RE: I created an account
By Darth Farter on 7/30/2006 2:59:07 AM , Rating: 2

RE: I created an account
By Jkm3141 on 8/1/2006 11:43:23 AM , Rating: 2
you say that like capitalists are bad? should we all be communist? capitalism made this country great.

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