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Long-time digital music holdouts Metallica are now selling their entire back catalog on the iTunes Music Store. Apple is currently offering 10 albums, from the band’s debut “Kill ‘Em All” to 2004’s “Some Kind of Monster” EP. Previously unreleased live tracks have also been added to each of the first four albums as iTunes bonuses.

“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,” the band says on their official website. “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 was involved in a high-profile legal battle with the original Napster and several universities over its music being shared using the Napster network. In addition, the band was not on board for the launch of the iTunes Music Store in 2003, refusing to sell their songs individually. A spokesman for Metallica’s management company said at the time that the band “would rather not contribute to the demise of the album format.”

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1

Just don’t listen to them while mowing your lawn before a thunderstorm.

Posted by iScott on July 25, 2006 at 12:19 PM (CDT)

2

Apparently hell just froze over…

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on July 25, 2006 at 12:56 PM (CDT)

3

LoL rather not contribute to the demise of the album format, lol, the RIAA has been doing that for years through pricing

Posted by Hell-In-A-Handbasket on July 25, 2006 at 1:14 PM (CDT)

4

No surprise…some if not all of their music was already available on MTV’s Urge service a couple of months ago.

Posted by flatline response on July 25, 2006 at 1:15 PM (CDT)

5

It’s about time!!  Now bring on Zeppelin, The Beatles, and…well…just bring everything that’s ever been recorded.

Posted by Lona on July 25, 2006 at 1:21 PM (CDT)

6

I wonder if this has anything to do with them not having godawful producer Bob Rock working with them anymore.

Posted by Matt on July 25, 2006 at 1:54 PM (CDT)

7

Now they got the god of all producers, Rick Rubin…hopefully this time something good will come out…

Posted by slayer on July 25, 2006 at 2:05 PM (CDT)

8

Yea I was wondering why Metallica didn’t have any music on itunes. But I already own all of their albums up to Black Album and even the LIVE SH!T also.

I hope they make a come back because I refuse to own Load, Reload and anything else after Black Album.

And if not, well that’s what Slayer is for.

Posted by Jonathan on July 25, 2006 at 2:30 PM (CDT)

9

Hmmm guess inflation was finally putting a squeeze on their rock star lifestyles. So much for their prattling about artistic integrity and maintaining their art by insisting on full album sales. But….. great news.

Posted by rrogers on July 25, 2006 at 3:29 PM (CDT)

10

Next,they really need to put Linkin Park on iTunes. Maybe when the next album comes out in October.

Posted by Chris on July 25, 2006 at 3:55 PM (CDT)

11

They had a breakthough in their last therapy session and realized their real passion is making $$$ and supporting their loyal fans.  Thanks for the bisquit. 

Lars, you want more $$$ to buy your Jackson Pollock paintings back?

Posted by coprock on July 25, 2006 at 3:57 PM (CDT)

12

I’m wondering if Radiohead is soon to fall? Thom Yorke’s cd was released on iTunes, which I thought was strange considering Radiohead’s position on single downloads.

Posted by Spencer on July 25, 2006 at 4:16 PM (CDT)

13

There was an article in Entertainment Weekly sometime in the spring about artists who had not yet released their back catalogues for digital distribution.  Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, and Metallica were the artists discussed and the writer thought that Metallica would be the first to go on iTunes. 

Radiohead might be next sometime in early 2007 or late this year, sometime before their next studio album is released, which is definetly going to be next year.  Hopefully a lot of their unreleased b-sides will be available for purchase, considering they already circulate on most p2p networks.

Posted by Kelly on July 25, 2006 at 5:35 PM (CDT)

14

Lars collects Jackson Pollocks?

Posted by wco81 in West Coast on July 25, 2006 at 7:08 PM (CDT)

15

I think the problem is that some artists may think that iTunes is all about downloading individual songs and will lead to the demise of the album format.  I personally only buy and listen to albums, and I think that many people still would prefer to download an album with the convenience that iTunes Music Store offers.

Posted by Ben Zell on July 26, 2006 at 9:45 AM (CDT)

16

Can the world now finally be convinced that people like Metallica who were “anti-digital” were really just waiting for a reasonable economic system for downloading music before throwing their support behind it?  If you made a living in the music industry, wouldn’t iTunes make you a lot happier than Napster?

I can’t say I’ve agreed with their methods up until recently, but I would think that by now people can finally see just what it was that they were standing for.

Posted by Dave on July 26, 2006 at 10:46 AM (CDT)

17

dont know if its been said but also, evanescence is on itms too.

Posted by zerock on July 26, 2006 at 11:54 AM (CDT)

18

i would like to add, if i buy stuff on itms, its either full albums or unreleased tracks on greatest hits albums.

Posted by zerock on July 26, 2006 at 11:58 AM (CDT)

19

Seems to me I remember James Hetfield in some tv interview or another, saying something to the effect of “..if you don’t want to pay the $18, then don’t listen to the F-ing music!” Okay James, this is me NOT listening to your music! Not that I’m against paying for music. Simply there is too much independently-made music by good, unsigned musicians for these industry mouth-pieces to maintain that type of arrogant stance. I see this move as Metallica losing a staring contest, nothing more.

Posted by Laer on July 26, 2006 at 12:44 PM (CDT)

20

“losing a staring contest” that a great line, I see Lars looking at Conan O’Brian

The have a way with their fans.

itms and single just mean that we don’t have to buy the filler crap that some bands put out.

Posted by Jasper Johns on July 26, 2006 at 2:51 PM (CDT)

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