METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich says that streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are good for music but accepts that streaming platforms benefit established artists more than they do the aspiring ones who have yet to break through.
METALLICA famously sued the Napster file-sharing service in 2000 after the band discovered that a leaked demo version of its song “I Disappear” was circulating on the service before it was released. At the time fifteen years ago, Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio that the Napster battle was not about getting money for the band’s music, but about having control over how it was shared. “All we want as an artist is a choice,” he said. “There’s nothing to argue about that. Nobody has the right to do with our music whatever they want. We do. We’re saying as much as the next band want to work with Napster, we have the right not to.”