Metallica's Lars Ulrich 'immensely inspired' by U2 iTunes giveaway

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Drummer admires the Irish band for their 'attempt to reinvent the wheel'

by NME News Desk

Lars Ulrich of Metallica has spoken out in favour of U2's recent decision to distribute their latest album, 'Songs Of Innocence', as an automatic and free iTunes download.

Speaking to Billboard, Ulrich stated that U2's iTunes stunt had inspired him 'immensely' and praised the band for their "attempt to reinvent the wheel".

On the subject of the album's unique release method, Ulrich said: "It's 2014 and anybody who thinks outside the box, or attempts in any way, shape or form, to break the status quo in the world of music, should be applauded. To me, it's not about whether the endeavour is a success or not. It's the fact that they have the balls and the foresight to throw something this radical at us."

U2 and Apple 'gifting' 500 million iTunes users with their new album without consent has sparked widespread controversy. Following complaints over the unconventional release of 'Songs Of Innocence', Apple released a tool to allow its customers to remove 'Songs Of Innocence' from their devices with just one click.

Meanwhile, Metallica - who are currently working on a new studio album - were recently included in the latest edition of the Guinness Book Of World Records. The group become the only band to ever perform gigs on all seven of the Earth's continents in one year, capping the achievement with a show in Antarctica last December.

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