Heavy rockers Metallica are offering songs from their new album exclusively on the Internet - three years after suing web-based music provider NAPSTER.

Customers who buy the band's new longplayer ST ANGER - which is released in America tomorrow (05JUN03) - will find a code inside the packaging allowing them to view, listen to and download exclusive, unreleased music tracks from a Metallica website.

The arrangement with Seattle, America-based internet access provider SPEAKEASY is a show of confidence from Metallica, who in 2000 sued Napster, the now-defunct music file swapping service - alleging copyright infringement and racketeering.

Drummer LARS ULRICH says, "We've always wanted our fans to experience our music online.

"But up until now, the existing distribution methods have not passed the kind of 'quality' standards our fans have come to expect from us."

04/06/2003 01:56