Metallica has now made its songs available for individual legal downloads on Napster and iTunes. The band had been one of the last holdouts against the digital age of music, but has now apparently given in to the 21st century, and good on them.
A statement on the band's website said: "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 as well as making our live concerts available for download in their entirety we are now offering fans the opportunity to obtain our songs individually."
What does the acceptance of the digital age of music by a band like Metallica mean for the old recording industry retail model? Well, whilst it might never die completely, I think we are all in agreement that it is going to get smaller and smaller and smaller.