(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Heavy metal gods rejoice! The decade plus dispute between Napster and rock legend Metallica has finally reached a conclusion – albeit rather late. On Thursday, the band announced the availability of its catalogue on streaming service Spotify.
So you’re probably wondering: How the heck does this have to do with Napster?
Sean Parker, a co-founder of Napster is coincidentally now a major investor in Spotify, having previously invested of $15 million in the service. He also appeared alongside drummer Lars Ulrich in an announcement appearance that could only be interpreted as “burying the hatchet.”
Metallica famously sued Napster in 2000 after the band discovered that their song “I Disappear,” also the title track for Mission Impossible 2 had been leaked to the file sharing platform.
“In our never ending quest for total control of the way our music is presented, we always make it a point to be sure that we are offering you the very best service by partnering with ground-breaking technology companies. So with that said, we are extremely proud to be a part of Spotify, who not only has a proven track record, but is by far the best streaming service,” Metallica stated in a news release.
Parker commented on the controversy Napster caused during the platform’s early days alongside. “Back in 1999 we were depicted as these greedy pirates that basically were just trying to create a free-for-all and enable the stealing of music,” he stated, according to a report from the BBC. “We just wanted to make music more free as in freedom, not free as in theft,” he continued.
Ulrich, meanwhile, noted the band had been living in a “bubble,” according to the BBC. However, Metallica today owns its entire back catalogue, something that appears particularly gratifying for the top rockers.
Spotify has gained significantly in popularity following its debut in the U.S. market along with a huge partnership with Facebook.