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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 livemetallica.com 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: No Talent
By Hare on 7/30/2006 11:40:57 AM , Rating: 2
Yes. That's exactly why they are considered to be the biggest metal act on earth and a huge influencer to todays metal-music. They also have no talent and they sound horrible etc. Still they have hundreds of millions of fans. Coincidence... If you have nothing intelligent to say maybe skip pressing the submit button?


RE: No Talent
By sapbeast on 7/30/2006 3:16:06 PM , Rating: 2
Because the first amendment only counts when you use it! People may possibly have different opinions about music than you do.


RE: No Talent
By Hare on 7/30/2006 5:14:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Because the first amendment only counts when you use it! People may possibly have different opinions about music than you do.
Arguing over personal taste is just idiotic. Even more idiotic is posting messages like the OP did.


RE: No Talent
By Hare on 7/30/2006 5:19:46 PM , Rating: 2
By the way. That was the only message "Flunk" has posted on DT so thumbs up. No one cares about your personal taste and posting "they suck [...]" messages is just waste of bandwidth.


RE: No Talent
By Flunk on 7/30/2006 7:58:09 PM , Rating: 2
So is posting 5 replys to an obvious joke. But then again this post is prietty much a waste of space too.


RE: No Talent
By sapbeast on 7/30/2006 8:21:21 PM , Rating: 2
translation of Hare post: "People are saying bad things about something I like! Ban them! Prevent them from posting!"

Other people have different opinion than you. The rules you agree to when you sign up.

* Harassing other users or employees
* Excessive use of derogatory language
* Excessive “neffing” or posting pointless, offtopic comments
* Spamming


Your posting could be classified under this.


RE: No Talent
By Hare on 7/31/2006 2:36:40 AM , Rating: 2
Bad translation. I kinda agree actually (at least when it comes to their new album). I just don't see any point filling the board with pointless messages about personal taste (and horrible generalizations). Let's just quit the subject? I don't think any of us really care enough to write >6 messages about this?


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