Metallica famously sued Napster in 2000 when a leaked demo of “I Disappear” began being shared on the peer-to-peer file sharing service. Ultimately, Napster was forced to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but by this point, they’d changed how music was consumed.
The topic came up during an interview with Kirk Hammett on Dean Delray’s Let There Be Talk podcast, with Metallica lead guitarist with Hammett saying:
It took a while, but eventually, Metallica would succumb to the digital age by allowing their albums to be downloaded on iTunes in 2006, and streamed on Spotify from 2012.
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