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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 RMTimeKill on 7/31/2006 11:16:29 AM , Rating: 2
No kidding, I think Master of Puppets and self titled (the "Black" album never actually "had" a title, everyone just dubbed it as such) where the largest cause of their MASSIVE explosion of popularity. I give Metallica full credit for their dues, because;
- unlike rap, where its all about thugs (definition of a thug: someone who is to weak to stand alone and succeed in the world and must rely on supportive organisations, aka gangs, to raise his self esteem about being a loser )
- unlike mtv genre where its all about sex,
- unlike country, where when you sing every song backwards, he sobers up, gets his dog, woman and truck back and is in a good mood...
Metallica has a LOT of real life reference, struggle, personal suffrage and original truth behind it. Anyone who says that their songs all sound the same obviously has not sat down and listened to them. Metallica is an American Icon, to disrespect that fact, like them or not, is open disrespect for American Music History. Actually that’s an understatement, they are a World Icon. While all the other "rock" bands of the day where wearing spandex, singing in girly voices, and trying to look g@y as possible, Metallica was laying the way for modern metal, punk, and alternative, etc. Simply because the sound of St. Anger was more so mediocre does not make it any less impressive if, like in all their previous albums, you listen to the message its just as (if not more) powerful as before…

Personally I am kind of glad they put the lawsuit against Napster, and contributed to its closing down (even if only temporary) because it was becoming flooded with way too much low quality garbage. Half the stuff downloaded was semi in-audible.

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