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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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By rushfan2006 on 7/31/2006 11:20:39 AM , Rating: 2
Well after reading most of the threads on this, with a few exceptions from some level headed folks, I wonder what kind of age most of the posters are -- I'm thinking most are teens - 20somethings....what I call the "ME Generation". Its all about "ME" -- how it affects ME, how much it costs ME....

So let me get this straight Metallica has a successful career -- they get pissed back whenever...about folks downloading music and not paying for it -- and they are ass holes because of this? hmmmmm.....interesting logic.

Then the comments saying "all metallica had to do was embrace the internet..yadda yadda".....ok so scenario -- I'm a solo-artist...have a great career..but I refuse (for my own reasons) to NEVER sell any of my albums online or though a digital medium. So I'd be labelled an "ass" for this? I'd be a "jerk"?

Again interesting.... Let's see its Metallica's work -- they can chose whatever method of selling it they wish. It's on them if they don't embrace new technology or the "times" as they'd say....but I certainly wouldn't call them hateful names or anything for that. I might think "man those guys are stupid -- they could sell so much easier online".

Replace "Metallica" with ANY artist's name and I'd still feel the same -- it is the RIGHT and DECISION of the artist, not the public.

And you guys can try and fool people with your trying to make excuses we all know the real reason most people "hate" on folks who don't publish/embrace their works being shared online --- it means people can't steal the works...heaven forbid they have to actually get a job, earn money and pay for things they want. EEEGATS BATMAN!!! ;)

And finally the comment about Metallica going to hell....hmm...I don't know what God you believe in, but the one I do has more folks to worry about like murderers, rapists, theives -- oh wait...that's what you guys are aren't you? Stealing the music for free....hmmm...interesting. ;)

What ever happened to right and wrong, being fair, working hard?





By Hare on 7/31/2006 12:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention that when Metallica "chose not to embrace the Internet..." there were no real online musicstores like todays iTunes. I have to agree with you that nowadays (thanks to easy p2p networks) people have started to think that 1$ per song is expensive and the artist should give their music for free or they are deemed greedy assholes.

I doubt most of the "greedy bastards" posters are over 20y...


By RMTimeKill on 7/31/2006 12:03:00 PM , Rating: 2
Off topic, but your name reminded me, <3 Rush's drummer, him and Joey from SlipKnot are probaly my two favorite drummers atm


By Eris23007 on 8/1/2006 3:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
Neil Peart. Also wrote most of Rush's lyrics.


.... and an objectivist, of sorts (if you listen to his lyrics, anyway, which are really quite good, particularly on Moving Pictures)

/Still on my Rand kick. :-D


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