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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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By EODetroit on 7/31/2006 10:54:55 AM , Rating: 2
I'm a Metallica fan, I even like Load and Re-Load, I went and paid for the CDs waiting in line at midnight at the local shop on the day of release... unlike some fans and haters I can be realistic though. Starting with the fact that I don't ever expect a band to keep releasing the same stuff over and over... bands evolve. I would be disappointed if every Metallica album was another Ride the Lightning clone... the band members can't stay 22 years old forever.

When the black album came out, people complained that it sucked. I heard that people said the same thing when Justice came out, but I don't know, I was only like 13 then and didn't know about Metallica yet. As far back as I can remember, people have been saying that the current Metallica sucks, and only the previous stuff was any good. I figure in 20 years people will think St. Anger is good and the latest 3 albums (or do I mean downloads... the album format by then will be dead lol) suck.

Someone always has to throw a Cliff comment in there too. He's been dead for 20 years or so... time to move on people. He's like the metal version of Lennon I guess. Some things aren't meant to be, get over it.

As for the lyrics:

Now I lay Lars down to sleep
I pray his copyrights to keep
If he gets poor before he wakes
He'll have to sell fries and shakes.

Hush little Larie, don't say a word
And never mind that noise you heard
It's just the fans making bootleg tapes
I hope you choke on your sour grapes

That's just brilliant, is that really a Weird Al song?

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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