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Metallica Uploads Songs

August 4, 2006

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For the first time ever, Metallica has permitted their extensive catalogue to be completely uploaded into a download service. The band considers the legal music download market to have matured enough over the last few years to have their full set of recordings available for their fans. 

Metallica was one of the first bands to fight illegal downloads when they took Napster to court five years ago. Napster has since gone legal and the case has been dropped. Metallica will allow their complete catalogue to be available exclusively via iTunes in the United States and Canada. 

The band issued the following statement: “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 as well as making our live concerts available for download in their entirety we are now offering fans the opportunity to obtain our songs individually.”

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One comment

  1. […] Linkin Park follow a stream of other resistants, like Metallica who have closed their own deal with iTunes just last month (link to that post). There are now fewer big names refusing to join the growing digital music market. Still, there is no forecast for when tracks will be available from such luminaries as The Beatles (which has already been announced twice), Led Zeppelin or Radiohead. […]



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