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Lars Ullrich, the drummer from Metallica, has hinted that they're thinking of pulling a Radiohead and giving away their material online for free!

The Metallica drummer told Rolling Stone magazine, "We're looking at how we can embrace everything. We want to be as free players as possible. We've been observing Radiohead and Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and in 27 years or however long it takes for the next record, we'll be looking forward to everything in terms of possibilities with the internet."

This is a shocking move, truly, cuz Metallica famously sued Napster in 2002 and Ullrich has traditionally been opposed to free distribution of their work.

It's a new world order in music. Gotta adapt to an always changing new set of rules to survive!

We're sure the Napster people are having a good chuckle today!

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170 comments to “If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em”

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  1. bob sagat says – reply to this


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    Lol Karma is a bitch

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  2. jennif says – reply to this


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    they threw a fit at napster though? wtf?

  3. dan says – reply to this


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    first

  4. jennif says – reply to this


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    fuck you bob saget, you cunt.

  5. Fo Realz says – reply to this


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    It's 2008. Who would pay for Mettalica music now anyhow? People just getting out of their time machines from the late 80's?

  6. Eddy says – reply to this


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    First biches!!!

  7. dddd says – reply to this


    7

    hmm

  8. I says – reply to this


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    First?!

  9. EDge says – reply to this


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    it was just a mattwer of tim (second?)

  10. Whatever... says – reply to this


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    Umm, yea… Some of these topics are just stupid. WHO EVEN CARES ABOUT THIS BAND?! Uhh, nobody… Thats why they're giving their crap away for free… BTW, Perez… YOU WILL NEVER BE READY FOR THE BEACH YOU FAT SACK OF SHIT. Even if you were, I wouldn't go near your big gay ass. All gays are molesters. Look at all the priests! The straight ones are the 25 year old female teachers… Gay people suck… AND SO DOES CANADA!!! FUCKERS…

  11. POOP says – reply to this


    11

    Poop.

  12. napoleon diddy says – reply to this


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    i saw lars in the denny's bathroom in 1994. he was like "hey man whatsup!!!" he shook my hand after he was done with the urinal. i kind of didnt want to, since he hadnt washed it, but hey, it was lars. what he was doing in woodbridge virginia i'll never know.

  13. spellcheck says – reply to this


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    it's 1 "L" in ulrich homey ;)

  14. kt says – reply to this


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    thanks metallica. way to ruin free music, and then do it on your own.

    go away.

    you're old.

  15. Carol says – reply to this


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    I HEART you, Lars!

  16. AliceM says – reply to this


    16

    Haha, awesome

    I love Perez!!

  17. asd says – reply to this


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    ..

  18. ArmPitt™ says – reply to this


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    Sweet!!

  19. zizzie says – reply to this


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    FREE

  20. fuck says – reply to this


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    fuck them

  21. D says – reply to this


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    OMG.. Lars is such a whore. First, I read many years ago in an interview that Lars and James Hetfield bonded as teens TRADING MUSIC - that's right, copying records to tapes for each other. THEN… he has the gall to go after Napster like he did. The height of hypocrisy. I went to Metallica concerts, bought videos, and CDS, etc. Once they pulled this nonsense about shoving away technology, I refused to give them one penny more. And I never will. Rather than look at the emerging big picture, Metallica made the conscious decision to be hypocrits and money-hungry. Screw 'em.

  22. superp says – reply to this


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    they brought down napster and they SUCK.

  23. You're all dumbasses says – reply to this


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    Actually, Metallica has never been against free distribution of their music. They've had free downloads of shows on their websites for years and have always, since they started, allowed fans to record their concerts and share. They just didn't want people stealing and making a profit off of their albums, which they were told was happening. Looking back, it wasn't an awful thing to do. Do some frickin' reserach before you make posts.

  24. honey says – reply to this


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    odd is it not.. that they are going to be giving there music away on line for free, can we say napster? but its good that hes changed his mind on the whole issue. but he's still a loser.

  25. Nick says – reply to this


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    Guess he finally got that gold-plated shark tank bar installed right next to the pool

  26. brofoski says – reply to this


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    It will never happen. These bitches are too addicted to corporate dick. This is just a bargaining ploy before they sell out to Live Nation. They are too fucking stupid to be independent. They even charge their fans to join their fan club. They are business men, not artists. Fuck Metallica and that midget Lars.

  27. kevin says – reply to this


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    This guy is a dumb ass, he was mouthing about file sharing and when he saw the wave of shit coming his way he decided to jump into it, he mouthed for a long time against Napster and didn't even shake the file sharing community as he thought he would, so FUCK HIM, and FUCK METALLICA, bunch of lame ass crackers, anything BUT metal…

  28. Carlos says – reply to this


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    perez you idiot, he didnt say he would do it for free, just meant they would distribute there music on a metalica website, metalica is cheap as hell.

  29. lars sucks dick for cabfare & then walks home says – reply to this


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    Fuck Lars & Fuck Metallica

    Metallica are overaged cunts that suck old lady balls

  30. kawaii says – reply to this


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    FIRST!

  31. kevin says – reply to this


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    Re: You're all dumbasses

    STFU and go fuck a goat, you stupid n00b, you should be aborted and beat the shit out just for trying to be human, you are the larvae growing inside your mom's cunt as she is being fucked by a dying German Sheppard bobbing dick!

  32. Wow says – reply to this


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    Re: kevin
    Wow.. you're an idiot. Way to understand reality. Keep living in the clouds.

  33. Sara says – reply to this


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    Re: kevin

    Over-react much? What that person said was more informative than generating that response. Time to find some new meds.

  34. Hagen says – reply to this


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    LARS YOU FUCKING BALD MIDGET…..Do you remember the BABY FITS you had when it was NAPSTER time???
    Damn, you are really fucked up now wanting to give your shitty music for free!!!!!
    Let James do the tricks, not you, you piece of shit!

  35. DanG says – reply to this


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    Beat those drums, Crazy Jack Nicholson!

  36. saty says – reply to this


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    How IRONIC that the crybabies that tried so hard to stop internet music downloading from Napster are now looking to give away their music for free. Metallica SUCKS. I hope nobody downloads their free crap. I've never gave them a penny. And won't give them the time of day to download their crybaby songs. What goes around comes around Lars.

  37. Regina says – reply to this


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    They are giving it away for free now because they know no one will buy it.

  38. mememe says – reply to this


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    cool guy, i got his autograph in grand cayman airport once

  39. MsWinoPowdersHerNose says – reply to this


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    Lars Ulrich is a pansy-ass, dick-sucking, cry-baby asshole. Back in the days of Napster, he hired someone to make a list of people that were uploading his music, and TURNED IT OVER TO THE AUTHORITIES. Is it any wonder this man is so reviled? I mean, the man only has millions and millions, probably tens of millions of dollars, yet he wants more? What kind of greedy fuck is he?

    Whatever the case, I find it hilarious that he is now "embracing" the internet. Got news for you Lars, you may embrace the internet, but they won't embrace you. You burned your bridges long ago. Next time use that little pea-brain of yours before you do something so idiotic as turning song downloaders names to the authorities.

  40. D says – reply to this


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    I think the first poster put it best… Karma is a bitch, lol.

  41. THIEVES!!! says – reply to this


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    GOOD THING, SINCE THEY STOLE THEIR FIRST HIT SONG FROM A SKATER BAND…AND OTHER SONGS. METALLICA SUCKS

  42. lauren conrad says – reply to this


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    basically what he's saying is "our last album huffed so many dongs that we'll have to give this one away because you can't trust us to make a good record and we'd be silly to ask for your money".

  43. Cortney says – reply to this


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    I love Metallica, always will, can not wait for their new album, and I do not blame them for suing for that shit, they are doing their job like anyone else and just like Metallica, we would all expect to get paid, so stop being hypocrites!!

  44. Cecily says – reply to this


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    #24 - You're all dumbasses
    Thank you! Nice to see someone in here has a brain..Metallica is the greatest live band on the planet!

  45. Cecily says – reply to this


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    #42 - THIEVES!!!
    Its called a "cover version". People get payed for that, so no stealing involved.

  46. TehDevil says – reply to this


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    You asses ripping on them and pretty much calling them irrelevant crack me up! Do a little research on what this band acomplished in the last 20 years and shit your fucking pieholes! They've toured damn near non stop, not to mention they can actually play live without the backing tracks you fucktards make excuses for. Not to mention they've been one of the most influential bands in hard rock/metal since fucking Black Sabbath. More than I can say for that crack head Wino or that whore Madonna. Your little pop fucks might have changed the way assholes like yourselves have dressed, but Metallica changed an entire genre of music. Even if their last album did suck monkey cock……which I'm sure you ass pirates are familiar with.

  47. Cecily says – reply to this


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    #40 - MsWinoPowdersHerNose
    Give me a break! Lars may be a bitch. But Metallica has a gigantic fanbase which will no doubt support them in whatever they do..

  48. Brit says – reply to this


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    Re: bob sagat

    AMEN!!!!

  49. AgentGiggles. says – reply to this


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    That bastard.
    He's such a dumbass. "I'm in it for the music"=BULL. Screw you Lars!

  50. n. says – reply to this


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    I FUCKING HATE LARS ULRICH. HE RUINED THE INTERNET!!!!!
    I FUCKING HATE LARS ULRICH. HE RUINED THE INTERNET!!!!!
    I FUCKING HATE LARS ULRICH. HE RUINED THE INTERNET!!!!!
    I FUCKING HATE LARS ULRICH. HE RUINED THE INTERNET!!!!!
    I FUCKING HATE LARS ULRICH. HE RUINED THE INTERNET!!!!!
    I FUCKING HATE LARS ULRICH. HE RUINED THE INTERNET!!!!!
    I FUCKING HATE LARS ULRICH. HE RUINED THE INTERNET!!!!!
    I FUCKING HATE LARS ULRICH. HE RUINED THE INTERNET!!!!!
    I FUCKING HATE LARS ULRICH. HE RUINED THE INTERNET!!!!!
    I FUCKING HATE LARS ULRICH. HE RUINED THE INTERNET!!!!!

  51. Dick Cheheheney says – reply to this


    51

    #45 - Cecily
    A woman with a brain!? Damn girl, Marry me!?!

  52. The Worm Has Turned... says – reply to this


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    Hah, that's truly ironic! Metallica initially championed the prosecution of music sharing online, but now they've changed their stripes. Maybe there is such a thing as redemption.

  53. snowbunny says – reply to this


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    fuck them, having a shitfit about napster. you bastards. you fucked up online music downloading for everyone else and now you want your music ONLINE for FREE? are you fucking kidding me?

  54. ohh pluezze says – reply to this


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    i will never forgive them for bringing down napster.

  55. peter says – reply to this


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    all i can say is that it should have been lars and not cliff.

  56. Frag The Paps says – reply to this


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    Lars is god. I would say one of the top 3 drummers EVER. Oh, and they have also been around selling out stadiums for lets see…..about 20 years. Lets see if anyone has even heard of Rhianna, or Alicia Keys, or John Mayer, or any of the other pieces of shit people listen to know. Saying Metallica sucks is like saying Led Zeppelin sucks. They have been just as infuential.

  57. oprah's vagina says – reply to this


    57

    Metallica was against illegal distribution of their music. they retain the right to distribute for fee or free. They were never against free music, they were against not having a say on who gives away their music.

    because 90% of the american population can't comprehend the simple concept of copyright and ownership they blab on and on about how metallica is greedy and unfair and hypocritcal. They may be greedy and assholes but they are not hypocrits. THEY OWN THE MUSIC, THEY GET TO DECIDE HOW IT IS DISTRIBUTED.

  58. Terra says – reply to this


    58

    I met Lars and the other members of Metcallica last weekend, and I must say, they're really great to their fans (Lars especially)!
    I thought they'd be total douchbags, but they're not at all. They're amazingly down to earth, and they still have a huge fanbase of all ages; not just 80's, washed-out metalheads.
    All the other assholes should at least meet them before concluding that they're a bunch of greedy bastards.

  59. what a bitch says – reply to this


    59

    you have got to be kidding me. It's his fault napster went down. Remember napster? yeah well if you don't, blame this guy. and if you do and you miss it, blame this guy. what an ass. he finally realized he can't even GIVE his shitty music away. bitch.

  60. Anon says – reply to this


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    Re: Fo Realz

    Um, LOTS of people? You have no idea how much of an influence Metallica has had over rock music in the past couple of decades, do you? This isn't Poison; they're not some lame ass hair-metal band. They had a fan meet-and-greet last week, and people of ALL ages camped out for days just to meet them. And it's spelled 'Metallica' by the way. Jesus, at least know what you're talking about.

  61. Bun One Productions says – reply to this


    61

    Well… Was he right about what he was fighting for? YES he was. At the time Napster was out CD burners were so expensive so that was not an issue but now you can buy them for $20 bucks. A blank CD you can buy for the price of a piece of gum. I know people who read this might think it's a joke but there are music stores going outta business. SAM THE RECORD MAN in Toronto had to shut it's doors after almost 50 years because of this whole internet business. In the end I can't say shit cause I download some music for free too but I also like to have an original copy if the album is good. Oh well talk shit about Lars but he was right…. Music will never be the same.

  62. name says – reply to this


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    This is probably for the best, but I still can't stand Lars being a spokesman for the band in these interviews. Actually, I can't stand Lars being in the band.

  63. DAVID says – reply to this


    63

    FUCK LARS ULLRICH. first he wants to FUCK NAPSTER and put free trade of music via the internet on crutches… now that he realizes he can't beat the pirates, he wants to give them what they want after FUCKING OVER the company. fuck that. there you go lars : ITS THE PEOPLE, NOT THE PROGRAMS UTILIZED to pirate music. you fucking ruined napster.

  64. Mudkip says – reply to this


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    Re: name

    Without Lars, there wouldn't even BE a Metallica. He's the founder, and he's the most talkative and charismatic of the band. It only makes sense that he's the spokesman.

  65. knifelicker.com says – reply to this


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    That's great! All those greasy metal head kids that hang out behind the 7-11 need free tunes!!!

  66. Lauren says – reply to this


    66

    Metallica USED to have fans that would actually pay for their music. Lars is an idiot as a person but a smart business man. He knows his fans have aged and and his aging-no longer cool band can make bank on merchandise and co-sponsor deals for a tour. Metallica sucks, free or not.

  67. Syrc88 says – reply to this


    67

    UGH! I can't stand this lame ass. Metallica was kick ass before that whole Napster fiasco…stupid dip fuck. I don't wouldn't want even your free shit anymore.

    Old and tired. It's time to go away guys.

  68. rokchik says – reply to this


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    what hypocritical assholes. what a bunch of bullshit.

  69. May says – reply to this


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    Yea… they are only doing this because NIN did such a good job with Ghosts on line..

  70. cool says – reply to this


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    I love Metallica, always will, can not wait for their new album. It is said Lars Ullrich is dating friends on a dating community called m e e t i n g w e a l t h y dot com. His photos and profile are found there.

  71. cloebaby says – reply to this


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    Re: Cortney
    I couldn't agree more.

    This is their JOB. How would you like to have to do your job for FREE?

  72. METAL FAN says – reply to this


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    METALLICA BECAME, LAME AFTER SUING NAPSTER !!!!!!

    THEYRE A JOKE!!!.

    WE'LL NEVER FORGET!!!

  73. bob's right! fuck salt!! says – reply to this


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    Lars- the most overrated bitch of metal. To hell with your insatiable greed and your rotten band that built a career over ripping off other artists (M.U.S.T.A.I.N.E) Don't even bother with pulling a Radiohead either- it's 2008 & I wouldn't pay a quarter even if you were to came to play in my kitchen.

  74. Sara says – reply to this


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    Ulrich is spelled with one "L", Perez!!

  75. SeNoMa says – reply to this


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    Fuckin Lars Ullrich… That douche is the reason I change the station when Metallica comes on! I haven't listened to them since he cried about the sand in his vagina about the Napster ordeal. Dave Matthews Band had NO problem with it. With what they lacked in CD sales, they totaly made up for with concert ticket sales. Lars Ullrich… what a fuckin douche!

  76. I Gave Lars 2 Dollars in Oslo! says – reply to this


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    Re: lars sucks dick for cabfare & then walks home

    Nice handle.
    And it's probably true!

  77. Tony says – reply to this


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    WTF?!

    Just like some loser who is trying to make up for year of being a burn-out skank by becoming a born-again. Metallica became a shill for the music industry by going after file-sharers. They sued 12 year old kids and parents who let their kids use Napster. Now the fukkheads decide to give their music away? What changed? A few short years ago, you were fukking and snorting coke, now you're thumping a bible. Same thing. I won't forget your past Metallica, no matter how hard you try to reinvent yourself

  78. thomas says – reply to this


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    that fucking man sold out the fucking metal

    from Argentina

    the butt of the planet

  79. k...... says – reply to this


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    wow… a bunch of you sound like a bunch of thieving little snots…..
    bragging that you steal off the internet….. oh so proud of the youth…. probably too much prozac running through your little minds……
    metallica was making a stand with napster… musical artists were getting their royalties taken from under them… you wouldn't do the same????
    gimmee a fucking break……. noone owes you little pisspot little thieves anything…
    your opinions on one of the giants of metal music since the mid 80's is laughable…….

  80. Mustaine Rules says – reply to this


    80

    High Speed Dirt!

  81. cainusrising says – reply to this


    81

    Sellouts. I used to love them, now I wouldn't walk across the street to piss on them.

  82. millenials make me laugh says – reply to this


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    Gimme, gimme, gimme….I don't want to work for anything, do it for me, give it to me, I am special, you are stupid, I am everything because I know four letter words…..stealing is the way to live….where do you people live….I have some shopping to do….you're parents - if they are proud of you - must be sterilized before they reproduce again.

  83. Carla says – reply to this


    83

    F Larz…he's the biggest baby…Had to make a big deal out of napster back in the day…and he was making millions…he should be happy we were downloading his shit!…

  84. katie says – reply to this


    84

    Lars was never against downloading music as a whole. He was just against people downloading the albums before they came out.

  85. MsWinoPowdersHerNose says – reply to this


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    For all the defenders of Lars, and those who say he was right in suing Napster — no-one is objecting so much to his legal plight against Napster. The real problem is about his overall attitude towards the internet. I respect that he wanted to shut down an illegal song distributor like Napster, as I'm sure many others do. However, he has demonstrated an ignorance about the internet for almost a decade and has never once thought about taking an objective look at the issue.

    For those staunch defenders, did you know that the internet as an exposure medium has a more powerful effect than many televised mediums? As far back as a few years ago, some bands released songs on the internet for exposure purposes, and guess what? They sold more CD's than if they had gone the traditional retail store route. They thought it out, and concluded that the internet was not as evil as the record companies were making it out to be. Guess what… they were right!

    So, it's not so much about Lars' attack on Napster so much as it is about his willful and deliberate ignorance. And to come out now, without so much as admitting he was wrong, and announce the release of Metallica's music on the internet, just reeks of self-righteousness.

  86. heyyalls says – reply to this


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    No thanks.

  87. EvE says – reply to this


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    After all that crap! Because of them we can't DL free stuff and now THEY are giving away their music! that BULL SHIZ!!!

  88. postwatcher says – reply to this


    88

    Sorry Lars. You whined like a baby about Napster. Went from Metal God to cry baby over night.

    Too late.

  89. douchenozzle says – reply to this


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    what a hose! Lars Ulrich is a douchebag of the first order. have you seen "some kind of monster??" WHAT A FUCKING TOOL. I used to like Metallica until i realized LARS IS A BIG JERK.
    This is a funny picture…he looks stupid.

  90. Hyde says – reply to this


    90

    Metallica acted like complete jackasses back then. They lost me as a fan, but I did download Enter Sandman on whatever peer-to-peer site I was using out of sheer spite. I still have it.

  91. javajunkie says – reply to this


    91

    this is a fucking stupid trend, sure they can give their crap away for free, basically cause nobody is buying it anyways, AND they already have millions of dollars so they aren't struggling artists anymore, money isn't an issue for them anymore. What about the fresh new artists that are just trying to get their name out and heard, how are they suppose to make a living.

  92. BABS says – reply to this


    92

    I download Metallica songs whenever I can - just a little FUCK YOU to idiots who think they can control who downloads what….

    my message to all - download and trade as many Metallica songs as you can - they can't catch you.

  93. annie says – reply to this


    93

    hmm

  94. smorf says – reply to this


    94

    give it away cuz no one wants to pay for it

  95. EnterSandman says – reply to this


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    However they do it I just hope it's soon, thank God they're coming out with new stuff they fucking rock!

  96. korndawg73@yahoo.com says – reply to this


    96

    send that guy a douche bag in the mail

  97. kat says – reply to this


    97

    he always came off sounding like such a dick when he was crying about napster - well guess what drummer boy - some people can't buy $20 million paintings and come off like their the second coming of Christ - especially after watching the band's documentary (freakin crybabies ) - karma's a bitch you narcissitic asshole!!!!!

  98. kevin says – reply to this


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    Re: Wow – yes, reality is that p2p is still going right? so you might, i am not sure, but you might want to get off the inet and MET reality, like i give a fuck about any of it, hehe, u guys are so funny taking time to respond, at least i make money doing it ;)

  99. kevin says – reply to this


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    Re: Sara – Yes Sarah, really informative since he is part of Metallica and knows what they really think and all. I can find more information than that in the back of a milk carton you silly woman. now go back to the kitchen and cook me something!
    BTW, they were pissed cause they could not buy a new airplane so who the fuck cares if they get pissed. Why you think people pirate? Because they can't buy the plane and they couldn't care less about people that do, so, yes, shhh

  100. FUCK YOU says – reply to this


    100

    Oh Perez, how you know nothing, same with the rest of you lame idiots who believe EVERYTHING these industry idiots tell you.

    Metallica sued Napster for having a song (I Disappear) on the website and the band wasn't even finished WRITING IT. Christ, Lars has openly stated in prior interviews he has no problem with downloading, and even does it himself.

    I was in disbelief when I heard Metallica was on a neanderthal website like this, and once I read this, and all the TOOLS posting without doing h/w or even knowing what the FUCK their talking about, I had to share some wisdom with the rest of you clowns.

    IDIOTS

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