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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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RE: Hey look
By Hare on 7/29/2006 6:09:45 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Most of the people bashing metallica are brainless mtv-puppets listening and adoring anything that is decided to be cool for them. These same people don't even know what the whole lawsuits were about as you said. But hey. The empty kettle rattles the most. That's why 85% of all messages on public forums are just brainless yada yada.

Metallica is (was) a phenomenom and continues to interest their huge fanbase. The fact that iTunes now has Metallica is a big thing.

As a sidenote. The people who say metallica has no talent etc. Ha, they pioneered their genre and most of the older songs are technically amazing. I really don't care about those songs but I can definately respect their talent as a guitarist.

RE: Hey look
By retrospooty on 7/29/2006 9:33:49 AM , Rating: 2
I beg to differ. I am 35 years old, I hate MTV and all it stands for, and most people posting anything about Metallica are old as well. The MTV crowd you speak of is 15 years old now, and doesn't even know who or what Metallica is.

I was a huge Metallica fan back in the days up to load, and re-load, and I stopped caring about them entirely after the Napster crap they pulled, and listening to Lars sit there in his own words sounding like a greedy corp. stooge.

RE: Hey look
By Hare on 7/29/2006 11:59:36 AM , Rating: 2
I have to agree. After the Black album it has been downhill. Load and Re-Load are ok, but the newest album is just. Garbage. The songs are bad and the sound itself is awful. The drums sound like crap...

RE: Hey look
By ssvegeta1010 on 7/29/06, Rating: 0
RE: Hey look
By Snuffalufagus on 7/29/2006 1:54:49 PM , Rating: 2
You're way off base with your comment, some of us just saw how much they suck and how greedy they are. The movie was a pitiful attempt to sucker their fans out of another dollar. Even after they were a huge influence on the music we litened to growing up their obvious agenda is just sad and pitifull, they're full of themselves and it'd be nice to never hear from them again.

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