Spotify gets louder, Metallica albums now available at streaming service

By Daniel S Levine,

Spotify and Metallica came to an agreement, bringing the metal band’s albums to users of the online music streaming service.

The company made the announcement on Twitter, saying, “Spotify just got louder! We’re thrilled to have@Metallica's music catalog now on Spotify!”

Metallica’s official Twitter page also posted a link to the band’s music on Spotify.

“With the kind of global reach that [Spotify] had, we were ready to jump in as soon as we took control of our own masters," drummer Lars Ulrich told the media at a press conference in New York today, reports Rolling Stone.

Metallica has had a rocky relationship with online music services and was one of the first bands to go after Napster. According to The Huffington Post, Metallica sued Napster for $10 million in 2000. Napster co-founder Sean Parker is now on Spotify’s board and was also at today’s event.

Glassnote Records chief Daniel Glass was also there to endorse Spotify.

The company, which also showed off a new web interface, claims that it has paid $500 million to rights holders, likely to show that artists do not have to be suspicious of the company. Rolling Stone notes that Adele and the Black Keys have held back their recent releases from the service. Taylor Swift’s Red was also delayed until a few weeks after its release.

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