Tool, the long-time streaming service holdout, is finally relenting this week

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Back in 2017, reports claimed that Tool had been talking to the big streaming services about making their music available to the companies, though nothing came of it. But the band has now confirmed that on Friday, August 2, Opiate, Undertow, Ænima, Lateralus and 10,000 Days would be available on "all digital and streaming formats." No word on which ones are included, but expect all the big names in music streaming to add Tool to their extensive libraries.

The decision comes at the same time as Tool announced that its first album in 13 years, Fear Inoculum, will be released on August 30.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This Friday, Aug 2nd, the Tool catalog goes up on all digital and streaming formats. High five. #tool2019

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The number of musicians avoiding streaming has fallen in recent years, with The Beatles, AC/DC, Metallica, Def Leppard, and Led Zeppelin all having finally allowed their work to appear on the services. According to Billboard, two of the few acts still absent are De La Soul and the late Aaliyah.

As noted by Engadget, Tool lead singer Maynard James Keenan's other bands, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, have been available on streaming services for years.

At the start of 2019, Keenan tweeted that it wasn’t his fault Tool couldn’t be streamed, telling a complaining fan that they were “Squawking at the wrong tool.”

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kombu

TS Addict
What's the difference? LOL.
Some people fear the nazis and some tremble at the word antifa. Some people are paranoid about their government and some are afraid of their God. But if I were you, I would fear a Tool fan's wrath. Delete you dumb post at once.
 
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VitalyT

Russ-Puss
Some people fear the nazis and some tremble at the word antifa. Some people are paranoid about their government and some are afraid of their God. But if I were you, I would fear a Tool fan's wrath. Delete you dumb post at once.
"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."

And I'm just a few "dumb posts" away from building a cathedral.

So thank you for your concerns, but I think I'll be fine.
 

Hexic

TS Evangelist
What's the difference? LOL.
Some people fear the nazis and some tremble at the word antifa. Some people are paranoid about their government and some are afraid of their God. But if I were you, I would fear a Tool fan's wrath. Delete you dumb post at once.
If there was ever a more vehement, fanatic, and vocal crowd for the sake of hearing themselves talk... it’s your stereotypical Tool fan.

I don’t think I’ve done enough drugs in my life to actually enjoy Tool.
 
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What's the difference? LOL.
Some people fear the nazis and some tremble at the word antifa. Some people are paranoid about their government and some are afraid of their God. But if I were you, I would fear a Tool fan's wrath. Delete you dumb post at once.
If there was ever a more vehement, fanatic, and vocal crowd for the sake of hearing themselves talk... it’s your stereotypical Tool fan.

I don’t think I’ve done enough drugs in my life to actually enjoy Tool.
You sir, have created an excellent Mad Libs framework. If I may:

If there was ever a more vehement, fanatic, and vocal crowd for the sake of hearing themselves talk... it’s your stereotypical [ Proper Noun ] fan.



Some Proper Noun suggestions:

Apple
Nvidia
AMD
Intel
Ford
Chevy
BMW
Disney
Gun control
Firearms
Taylor Swift
DEF FN RANDOM(Sports_Team) = (INT(RND(1) * X) + 1)
DEF FN RANDOM(Musical_Group) = (INT(RND(1) * X) + 1)
DEF FN RANDOM(Religion) = (INT(RND(1) * X) + 1)
 

Hexic

TS Evangelist
You sir, have created an excellent Mad Libs framework. If I may:

If there was ever a more vehement, fanatic, and vocal crowd for the sake of hearing themselves talk... it’s your stereotypical [ Proper Noun ] fan.



Some Proper Noun suggestions:

Apple
Nvidia
AMD
Intel
Ford
Chevy
BMW
Disney
Gun control
Firearms
Taylor Swift
DEF FN RANDOM(Sports_Team) = (INT(RND(1) * X) + 1)
DEF FN RANDOM(Musical_Group) = (INT(RND(1) * X) + 1)
DEF FN RANDOM(Religion) = (INT(RND(1) * X) + 1)
As a CS major, I legitimately appreciate the function additions there. Beautiful all around though.

Although, attempting to talk legitimate objectivity about Tool with a fan is more of a recursive loop.
 

Skjorn

TS Guru
What's the difference? LOL.
Some people fear the nazis and some tremble at the word antifa. Some people are paranoid about their government and some are afraid of their God. But if I were you, I would fear a Tool fan's wrath. Delete you dumb post at once.
I don’t think I’ve done enough drugs in my life to actually enjoy Tool.
Prob just not good ones. Learn to swim.
 

Knot Schure

TS Addict
What's the difference? LOL.
Some people fear the nazis and some tremble at the word antifa. Some people are paranoid about their government and some are afraid of their God. But if I were you, I would fear a Tool fan's wrath. Delete you dumb post at once.
I don’t think I’ve done enough drugs in my life to actually enjoy Tool.
Prob just not good ones. Learn to swim.
Moma's gonna flush it all away...
 
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IAMTHESTIG

TS Evangelist
Seems silly not to, eventually well over 90% of music purchases will be downloadable/stream-able media anyway.

In the end, they are just moving from being ripped off by one platform to another - really. Record labels and publishers rip the artist off and the consumer, keeping their greedy grubby fat hands on most of the cash so everyone else gets screwed.