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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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They can keep their music...
By knightoftears on 7/29/2006 5:10:19 PM , Rating: 1
All the whining and complaining they did, and now it's suddenly OK? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight! No respect for them at all.

RE: They can keep their music...
By Hare on 7/29/2006 6:30:49 PM , Rating: 3
Like masher2 said earlier. They objected people pirating their songs. I believe they are entitled to hold on the their rights for songs and albums they have created as their living? Now they are selling them to genuine buyers.

Can't you separate piratism and selling music online?

RE: They can keep their music...
By masher2 on 7/29/2006 7:18:01 PM , Rating: 1
> "Can't you separate piratism and selling music online? "

Quite obviously, many people here cannot.

By rushfan2006 on 7/31/2006 11:32:40 AM , Rating: 2
Like my other post says....realize most of the folks ranting about their hate -- probably teenagers - young 20 somethings.....therefore I'm not all that surprised...

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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