The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica embargo iTunes Music Store

“Rock bands The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica are refusing to make their music available as individual downloads on Apple Computer Inc’s iTunes online music store, a representative for the bands, said on Wednesday. That move comes in response to Apple’s decision to allow users to buy single tracks and is intended to protect the future of the long-playing album, the format that has dominated the music industry for decades, an agent for the bands said,” Reuters reports.

MacDailyNews Take: We were with these bands when they opposed Napster theft. We are agin them now. Preserving an outmoded “album” concept that didn’t even exist at the birth of rock ‘n’ roll is nothing but sheer idiocy. Nobody ever confused the average rock band with a team of rocket scientists, but you’d expect them to have enough smarts to realize they’re getting paid this time. We will not purchase The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ or Metallica’s music until they wise up. The future of the long-playing album is safe as long as bands make albums full of good songs. If not, good riddance.

UPDATE: April 04, 2006: The Red Hot Chili Peppers music is now available via Apple’s iTunes Music Store and individual songs can be purchased. We can now recommend the purchase of RHCP music. Hopefully, Metallica won’t be far behind.

UPDATE: July 25, 2006: Metallica is now offering individual songs for purchase via Apple’s iTunes Music Store. We can now recommend the purchase of music from Metallica.

Related articles:
Embargo lifted: Metallica begins offering music on Apple’s iTunes Music Store – July 25, 2006
Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘Stadium Arcadium’ available for digital pre-order exclusively at Apple iTunes – April 04, 2006


  1. I have purchased an album by each of these bands – there is a reason they feel the way they do. Only 2-4 songs on the albums I bought were worth it. If they ever want money from me they had better offer per song sales.

  2. You know what the funny thing is about this issue, it’s not about the Mac. Everyone who responded to the post is a MUSIC fan, not just an Apple supporter.

    Just thought I’d bring that to light in case someone decides to pop in here and say the Apple crowd is whining again.

    I won’t be purchasing the RHCP or Metallica albums now. I was GOING to buy the new RHCP but this just pisses me off beyond belief. Greed is the motivation friends, that’s all.

    As far as Metallica is concerned: They just want complete control over their music and how it’s distributed. They bitched about Napster and cried when there were no real legal alternatives to Kazaa. Now they have one in the iTMS and they continue to bitch. YOU GUYS SUCK!!! You’re newest album SUCKED!!! You’re an old metal band on the way out. The least you can do it lighten the F%$K up!

  3. Why is it whenever there is an opposing view, everyone has to personally berate the person. It’s THERE music, let them do what they want to do with it. It’s the idiots who STEAL the music who are the problem.

    And of course it’s your right to not buy it either. But don’t go attacking them on something that is totally unrelated to this issue.

  4. if either band was getting better instead of worse with age, then we would have a real argument. Not to mention, they must release singles… whats the difference between a single and an album? Enough filler tracks to make it cost 3 times as much. Let them rot…

  5. Yes, it is their (not THERE, but THEIR) music.

    However, the major point of this whole thread is that the music industry, up until now, has had the power to force us to buy that which we didn’t want in order to get that which we do.

    The iTMS breaks that absolute power, permitting us to (a) buy only what we want, and (b) SAMPLE that which we’re not sure of. I for one will not buy an album unless there are at least three songs on it which I enjoy; I long ago got into the habit of ripping every new album I buy and putting the CD in a storage box – then I listen only to the tracks I enjoy, unless I’m in an experimental-and-masochistic mood.

    I’m not in that mood very often.

    RHCP has been recommended to me by many of my friends. However, music tends to reflect the philosophy of the artist; when I don’t like the philosophy, I generally don’t like the music, and vice versa. No RHCP for me.

  6. I say who cares. I say they are losers. I say that dinosaurs will all die off. These are the kinds of people that would say that the printing press is evil.


  7. This breaks my heart. Flea (RHCP bass player) is the whole reason I started playing bass in the first place. I agree that they can do what they want, but this stance they’ve taken seems like a very backwards approach for a historically forwards-looking group of musicians.

    As for Metallica… Napster aside, they haven’t done anything worth listening to since “…And Justice For All”. F#@& ’em.

  8. Apple already has some ‘album only’ artists. Plus they have some other more unusual licensing arrangements. Check out the Dirty Vegas single ‘Without You’ from the Mitsubishi commercial. You can’t buy that as a single even though you can the whole rest of the album!

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