Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/07/25/metallica_wants_to_share_music/

Metallica wants ‘to share music’

Gone all pro-Napster? Not quite...

By Tony Smith

Posted in Bootnotes, 25th July 2001 15:17 GMT

It's official - Metallica supports music sharing and always has.

What other conclusion can be drawn from once anti-Napster band's latest missive to its fans? Says the posting, on the Metallica Web site, "we look forward to continuing to share music with you in the future".

A reference, perhaps, to Metallica's recent rapprochement with the controversial MP3 sharing service? Possibly, but why then does the band say it's continuing to share music?

Have Hetfield, Ulrich and Hammet been secretly downloading the latest Hear'Say singles, we wonder?

"Abba f**kin' rocks, man," Hetfield was heard to mutter - according to a friend of a friend of a friend - but since he's just "entered a rehabilitation facility to undergo treatment for alcoholism and other addictions" - as the band's site puts it - maybe some other cause lies behind his words.

Whatever, Hetfield's treatment will prevent the band from continuing to lay down tracks on their forthcoming album, believed to be titled 'Smell the Glove'.

Alas, there's no pro-Napster sentiment here. The fact is that Metallica has redefined the word 'share' to mean 'you pay us money, we give you something in return'. Over here in the UK, the birthplace of the English language, we have a better word for it - it's called 'selling'. ®

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