Metallica was among the last few big-act holdouts in digital music, the Beatles, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin being most of the rest….not willing to sell their songs/albums online through other stores, for fear of piracy, cannibalization, singles-versus-demise-of-the-album-argument, besides the fact that they thought they could do it on their own, on their own site. So much so that Metallica was part of the big legal battle with the original Napster.
Anyway, now it has done a turnaround, and now entire Metallica catalog is for sale on iTunes. Only in U.S. and Canada, though…the rights clearances for other countries are being worked out right now.
From Metallica’s own site: “At 12:01 AM, on Tuesday July 25th, we will begin offering our music on the iTunes Music Store, a Cupertino, CA based upstart outfit, who we feel may very well have a bright future…” Humor’s a good way…
SFGate.com’s CultureBlog sums it up best: “You know, times change. And so does the potential for profits. And so does the fact that Metallica haven’t had a truly great album in over a freakin’ decade and someone’s gotta pay for their kids’ college tuitions and the band’s own group-therapy bills. Right, Lars?”