One of the final remaining iTunes resisters has given up the fight. As of midnight yesterday songs from Metallica's twelve album catalog are available for single-song purchase on the downloading service.
According to a statement on the band's website, "Over the last year or so, we have seen an ever-growing number of Metallica fans using online sites like iTunes to get their music. So, in continuing with the tradition of offering our albums for sale online (which we've been doing for a few years through various sites), as well as making our live concerts available for download in their entirety (through the livemetallica.com site), we are now offering fans the opportunity to obtain our songs individually."
Certain bonus tracks from the metal vets first four albums will still only be available by buying the complete package-- like a live version of "One" from "...And Justice For All"-- but the bulk of songs come in the familiar, easy to digest .99 cent format.
Now if Lars and the boys could only have a persuasive chat/therapy session with Sir Paul, Ringo, Yoko and Olivia...
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