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Calif. – Metallica said on
Thursday that it will now sell single track downloads on LiveMetallica.com, the
band’s five-year-old site that previously sold only full concert recordings
from the band. The tracks will sell for $0.99 each; albums cost $9.95 for MP3
or $12.95 for FLAC format. The band said that the site has served over 300,000
downloads since its launch.
Calif. – Multi-platinum rock bank
Metallica on Friday announced plans to release its entire discography as a
digital box set exclusively on iTunes. The 163-track "The Complete
Metallica" is set for release on March 31, two days after Activision
releases its "Guitar Hero Metallica" game.
- Metallica’s label Universal Music Group canceled an interview with the band scheduled with the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan, after the reporter wrote that
he had downloaded an unofficial version of the album from notorious
file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay, TorrentFreak reported. Reporter Jonn Jeppsson
reviewed "Death Magnetic: Better, Shorter, Cut" for Sydsvenskan,
concluding that the unauthorized edit — which shortens the songs found on the
official release — was how the album should have sounded.
Calif. - Video game publisher
Activision (NASD: ATVI) announced on Tuesday that, in an industry first, Metallica’s upcoming "Death
Magnetic" album will be released simultaneously in record stores and as
downloadable content for its "Guitar Hero" game in September. The
company is slated to ship the next installment of the game, "Guitar Hero
II: Legends of Rock," in the fall.
I’m the first to admit that the whole Guitar Hero thing took me off guard. Play music on a plastic toy guitar – come on! But then I went to Guitar Hero night at my local waterhole, Hyperion Tavern, in trendy Silver Lake (Thursdays for those of you that care, see picture to the right). It was so much fun that I was converted on the spot. Now in its third incarnation, Activision’s (NASD: ATVI) "Guitar Hero" game franchise [...].