Metallica Offering Song Downloads
The fans spoke and Metallica listened. The band announced this week that fans will be able purchase individual songs from the Metallica live download site.
Here is the announcement: “When we launched http://www.livemetallica.com over five years ago, it seemed like the next logical step of service in the digital age as we’ve always encouraged you to record and trade our shows. The site gives us the chance to offer you a high-quality recording of the show you went to, or any other show for that matter, and you don’t even have to sneak your tape deck, um uh, we mean portable digital recording device, into the arena! So here we are 269 shows, 5,338 songs and 310,386 downloads later and we want to thank you for all your support, encouragement and comments. Lo and behold, five-plus years later and no two set lists have been the same! Wow!!!
“Speaking of those comments . . . the one overwhelming request we’ve had is to offer up single-track downloads. Since we always aim to please, YOU GOT IT! That simple. Check out the new and improved LiveMetallica.com and you’ll see that every song we’ve recorded live since the site launched from Phoenix on March 2, 2004 is now available for you to pick and choose from for $.99 each song on mp3. For the über-fan, of course the full show can still be downloaded for a dough-saving $9.95 mp3 . . . super-audiophiles can grab the high-quality FLAC version for $12.95 a full-show download.
“We have some other cool things in the works for the site too that we’ll be telling you about in the coming weeks, and, of course, as the tour rolls through North America, each and every show will be added, usually within a few hours after it ends. And don’t forget to visit the ‘Vault’ section of the site for FREE downloads of selected shows prior to 2004. Be sure to let us know what you think!”