In the early 2000’s, Metallica made headlines for going after the music-sharing service Napster – a battle that Kirk Hammett now says was a waste of time.

During a recent podcast appearance, Hammett admitted that “We didn’t make a difference” because the digital music trend “was just bigger than any of us”.

Still, Hammett says that digital revolution “sunk the ****ing music industry” because it was “more convenient to get music and it was less convenient to pay for it”.

Metallic held out longer than most artists – it wasn’t until 2012 the band finally made its catalog available on streaming platforms.

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