Twelve years after waging war with Napster, Metallica have finally softened their approach to allowing fans to access their music online. The long-lasting metal band will be making their back catalogue available to stream on Spotify, having finally laid to rest the bitter legal battle that they had with Napster’s co-founder Sean Parker (also an investor in Spotify) back in 2000.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich appeared on stage with Parker, BBC News reports, to discuss that legal battle and Spotify also announced a new range of services for its users. In 2000, Metallica sued Napster on Copyright infringement claims, leaving Napster with no choice but to remove users who had downloaded the band’s music. Many Metallica fans were angered at the decision, arguing that they were being unnecessarily targeted. Whilst onstage, Parker admitted that Napster had acted in good faith and now regretted the dispute. Napster was forced into bankruptcy, after record labels and media united to launch a campaign against the service. “We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into” said Parker. The site re-launched in 2011 and is now a legal music subscription site.
Meanwhile, Spotify announced that they will be launching the ability to “follow” influential artists such as Paul McCartney and Justin Bieber. The chief executive of Spotify, Daniel Ek also announced other features that will aid their users in discovering new artists. A new browser-based client is currently being tested and will be released next year.