Metallica Uploads SongsAugust 4, 2006
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.”