12/06/2012 03:38 EST | Updated 02/05/2013 05:12 EST

Metallica Signs Spotify Deal After Years Of Online Music Service Critcism

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich speaks at a Spotify event on December 6, 2012 in New York City. Metallica recently announced that their music will now be available on the music streaming site. Spotify's founder and CEO Daniel Elk, who started the Swedish music streaming business in 2006, introduced a variety of new additions to the popular music sight. Elk also announced that Spotify now has 5 million paid subscribers, 20 million active users and has paid out a half billion dollars to artist's record labels. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Metallica is bringing its all-out assault to Spotify.

The company announced the move Thursday during a presentation to debut new features in New York.

Metallica had previously declined to stream its music. Fans can now access 30 years of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's recordings.

The move is significant for the band.

Metallica was among several acts who sued Napster in 2000, eventually forcing a settlement that required Napster to evolve into a pay-for-use service that became something of a model for today's streaming companies.

Drummer Lars Ulrich says in a news release the band has waited a long time to see how the music streaming service model would evolve and is "beyond psyched to unleash our music through" Spotify.



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