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.”
His views on the subject today have not changed, with the drummer telling BBC World Service’s “The Inquiry”: “I believe streaming is good for music, yeah. The one thing I read a lot is… People sit there and go, ‘I’m not getting paid very much for streaming.’ But there’s one major thing that gets overlooked in that argument and in the whole thing, [and that] is that streaming is a choice on all fronts. It’s a choice for the fan to be part of. It’s a choice for the artists who are involved in making their music available on streaming services. It’s a choice by the record companies that represent the artists. Fifteen years ago, those choices didn’t exist.” Continue reading ‘There’s A Danger Of Younger Artists Coming Close To Extinction’