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Metallica's music now available on Spotify

James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett: Metallica's music now available on Spotify © The Associated Press Metallica's music now available on Spotify

NEW YORK (AP) -- Metallica are bringing their 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 their music. Fans can now access 30 years of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band's recordings.

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The move is significant for the band. Metallica were 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 that he and his bandmates have waited a long time to see how the music streaming service model would evolve and that he is "beyond psyched to unleash our music through" Spotify.

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