Kirk Hammett Says Metallica’s Battle With Napster Didn’t Make A Difference

Kirk Hammett Says Metallica’s Battle With Napster Didn’t Make A Difference

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:

We didn’t make a difference — we did not make a difference, it happened, and we couldn’t stop it – because it was just bigger than any of us, this trend that happened that fucking sunk the fucking music industry. There was no way that we could stop it. … What had happened was all of a sudden, it was just more convenient to get music, and it was less convenient to pay for it, and there you have it.
All of a sudden, all of us were brought back to the minstrel age now where musicians’ only source of income is actually playing. And it’s like that nowadays, except that a lot of these bands aren’t really playing. They’re pressing ‘play’ or something. But there are a lot of bands who actually fucking play their instruments and have to play to still be a band and still fucking survive.

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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