Metallica joins Spotify, ends Napster feud
Friday 7 Dec 2012 10:19 a.m.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich (WENN.com)
Metal legends Metallica are bringing their entire catalogue to Spotify.
The music-streaming company announced the move Thursday during a presentation to debut new features in New York.
Metallica had previously declined to stream its music but fans can now access 30 years of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's recordings.
The move is significant for the ‘Battery’ hitmakers. Metallica was among several acts who sued Napster in 2000, eventually forcing a settlement that required Napster to evolve into a pay-for-use service that became something of a model for today's streaming companies.
Metallica founder and drummer Lars Ulrich appeared on stage at the Spotify presentation alongside Napster co-founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker, who was portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the film The Social Network.
Parker, a Spotify investor and board member, hugged Ulrich on-stage before the pair talked about past ‘misunderstandings’.
Ulrich says the band has waited a long time to see how the music streaming service model would evolve and is "beyond psyched to unleash our music through" Spotify.
AP / 3 News