Metallica Back Catalogue Now Available on Spotify
Metallica's storied back-catalogue is now
available via online streaming service
Spotify, finally putting to bed a 12 year feud with Napster
co-founder Sean Parker.
The move follows the Thrash giants recent departure from
long-time label home Warner after which they promptly announced the
launch of their own label, Blackened Records.
During an accompanying press event to announce the news drummer
Lars Ulrich took the stage with his old adversary Parker and,
despite the band's previous past concerns about digital music, the
pair were all smiles as Spotify announced Metallica's nine studio
albums and various other recordings have been added its growing
catalogue of roughly 20 million songs.
"With the kind of global reach that [Spotify] had, we were
ready to jump in," Ulrich told reporters.
According to tech news website CNET, the move is meant to
"send a message" that Spotify is a "potent legal
alternative" to illegal filesharing and will undoubtedly boost
the service's credibility with other artists.
"We're beyond excited to announce that music from every
single Metallica album is now streaming on Spotify!" posted
the band on Thursday.
"In our never ending quest for total control of the way our
music is presented, we always make it a point to be sure that we
are offering you the very best service by partnering with
ground-breaking technology companies. So with that said, we are
extremely proud to be a part of Spotify, who not only has a proven
track record, but is by far the best streaming service."
"Spotify was launched in Sweden in 2008 and has grown into a
massive world-wide service with on-demand access to over 20 million
songs. You can create and manage all your play-lists, share them
with your friends and add to them by importing MP3's you already
own. Now you can also take Spotify with you through their new
"We're always looking for more ways to get our music out to
you, whether it's streaming live videos through our tour page on
this site or offering downloads of live shows through
LiveMetallica.com. Connecting with Spotify was the next logical
step and we can't wait to see what the future brings!"
Check out Metallica on Spotify here.
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