After Show // 2000 // Metallica // “Don’t Trade on Me”

Shawn Fanning revolutionized how we listen to music through his file sharing program, Napster. In this aftershow, J and Brady discuss their personal thoughts on Napster, how the company drastically altered the music industry, and the moral dilemma of today’s free music.

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2 thoughts on “After Show // 2000 // Metallica // “Don’t Trade on Me””

  1. Once again, Brady asked really insightful questions.

    Working to earn money to pay for music. Same! Music and shows. I remember, too, heading to the local record store on Tuesdays, even ditching school to pick up some album we couldn’t wait to hear. I loved our local record store. We hung out there a lot. That was one of our destinations when we ditched (the cops patrolled the beaches during school hours).

    I totally agree with you that the record industry made a huge mistake when they dug in their heels hanging onto the old model and refused to even contemplate doing something different. I blame them for what happened, not Napster. The record industry had the resources to use the new technology and create a service that would have benefited their artists. Now it’s too late.

    Metallica didn’t lose me as a fan with the Napster controversy…that ship had already sailed! I had been a huge fan back in the 80’s (Master of Puppets spent months as the only tape in my Walkman in 1986), but I didn’t like their 90’s sound as much. I found it overproduced. The last Metallica album I bought was Load. When I listen to them now it’s all Master of Puppets or older stuff. The first time I saw them live was in 1986 with Cliff Burton, like two months before he died. I’m so fortunate to have seen him!

    1. Yep. Same! I’m not a Bob Rock hater but I rarely listen to anything after And Justice. I will admit to being one of the few to like St. Anger. And yes, even Lars’s snare is cool to me 🙂

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