We've heard a lot of crazy news from the wild and wacky world of Metallica over the last few weeks. Be it Lars Ulrich revisiting the Napster Battle, the band raising donations for kids and animals in need, or Kirk Hammett just saying he "can play anything," the news has just kept flowing. Well, as of yesterday I think we got the most insane news story from the band yet. For the first time in 17 years, all of Metallica's music will be available on...wait for it... NAPSTER.
I'll give you a second to close your mouth.
Yeah, that Napster. The same Napster that Metallica sued the hell out of 17 years ago. The parties have officially come to terms and the bands full catalog will be available on the streaming service soon. There is no official date on when the music will go live on Napster, but we do know that "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" will be streamable, so it will probably be in the next few days.
Now Napster is a much different company than the college kids that Metallica sued back at the turn of the century. What started out as a peer-to-peer file sharing service has transformed in to a full paid subscription streaming service. This is due largely in part to the Napster/Rhapsody merger in 2011. While Napster hasn't reached the popularity of Spotify, they do claim to be one of the world's top 5 streaming services.