Metallica's 'Vault' Website To Cease Operation
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METALLICA's official web site has been updated with the following message , 'We have some good news and bad news about the closure of the Metallicavault.com website.'
"First, the bad news: We're sorry to announce that, effective on June 6, 2005, the Metallica Vault (www.metallicavault.com) will cease operation."
"Since it started in June 2003 (with the release of 'St. Anger'), the Vault has been a unique haven for us (as well as you) to offer live shows from throughout METALLICA's history for download to anyone who had an access code (provided inside copies of the 'St. Anger' CD). In that time, 18 shows were posted, and over 250,000 fans checked out the site and over 20 million free downloads flowed through cyberspace."
"We opened the Vault in conjunction with our friends at Speakeasy, who were kind enough to provide the bandwidth and logistics. However, the expenses of hosting and maintaining the site for two years didn't quite add up to the returns they were hoping for — unfortunately, the Internet isn't free to those who make it possible."
"Now the good news: There will be an abbreviated version of the Vault that will live on through www.livemetallica.com in the form of monthly free downloads — each month we'll offer you a few songs that you may have seen there and some that you haven't. You will need to register again, but you won't need that pesky 'key.'"
"We'd like to thank everyone who supported the Vault during its run, Speakeasy, the labels (who let us post the shows without any hassles), and THE FANS, who not only supported the site by checking it out so much, but also helped by providing us with live shows from their own archives! You guys rule. But you knew that already."
"We hope that you all agree with us that the Vault was a positive experience for everyone involved. As always, feel free to let us know what you think — we know you ain't shy!"
"So be sure to get all your downloading from www.metallicavault.com before the site closes on June 6th!"
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