After years of fighting with digital music services such as Napster, Metallica has fully embraced the digital age and the band is now streaming its entire catalog on Spotify. In an announcement on its website, Metallica wrote: "We're beyond excited to announce that music from every single Metallica album is now streaming on Spotify! 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... 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!"
Drummer Lars Ulrich also appeared at a New York press conference Thursday morning with Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek and investor Sean Parker, formerly of Napster. Ulrich explained why the band chose to partner with the on-demand music streaming service, saying it was the best option out there for distribution. "Spotify has really solidified itself as not only the leading streaming service but pretty much the only one," he said, according to Billboard.com. "We were ready to jump as soon as we took control of our own masters."
Ulrich and Parker also publicly buried the hatchet after Metallica sued Napster a decade ago for illegally distributing its music. Parker said they "were more alike than different," and Ulrich complimenting Napster as being "smart."
As reported last week, Metallica recently took ownership of its master recordings and announced the formation of their own label, Blackened Recordings.