In a recent interview Lars Ulrich, probably, the most hated heavy metal figure in the computer world admitted that he downloaded the new Metallica album Death Magnetic to see what it's like. Wow Lars. Welcome to the 21st century!
He said "I was like, 'Wow, this is how it works.' I figured if there is anybody that has a right to download 'Death Magnetic' for free, it's me.".
Over the years Metallica have changed their stance against music downloading allowing the songs to be downloaded from Napster and also giving free songs from their website. The have gone as far as to welcome the Death Magnetic leak on the Internet.
Lars stated that he was shocked to find out that everybody was hating him and calling him greedy after napster closed down, since he believed that he was doing to the right thing for Metallica and that they were always anti-record company. I do not know what to make of it. The guy might just be dump-enough not having realized exactly what he was doing at the time or he is just trying to fix his public image now. This is coming from someone whose band was welcoming filming of concerts from the fans during the 80s and early 90s.