LOS ANGELES - Hard rockers Metallica, who long refused to make available individual songs from its albums for sale online, has begun doing so on the iTunes Music Store.
Beginning on Tuesday, the band put up four of its records - "Kill 'Em All," "Ride The Lightning," "Master of Puppets" and "...And Justice For All" - for sale on U.S. and Canadian versions of the popular online music retailer.
Fans may buy tracks a la carte for 99 cents or purchase the albums, starting at $9.90.
In a posting on the group's Web site, the band acknowledged that fans have been increasingly buying music online and said it added some previously unreleased live tracks recorded in Seattle in 1989 to each of the albums to entice those who already own copies.
The group, which in the early part of the decade led the charge against the original Napster online file-sharing service, has previously made its albums available for purchase online through retailers and its own Web site.
Other holdouts for Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes include the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Radiohead.