Metallica shocked digital music fans with news the band may plan a more internet-friendly approach to music.

The band - prominent among those launching legal action that closed orginal file-sharing network, Napster - seem to have changed their ways, they told Rolling Stone.

Drummer Lars Ulrich says the band might have learnt something from Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails: "We've been observing Radiohead and Trent Reznor and in 27 years or however long it takes for the next record, we'll be looking forward to everything in terms of possibilities with the internet," he said.

On the Napster litigation, Ulrich explains: “It was never about downloading per se. We have the Vault where you can download shows from twenty years ago for free, full-on and it's been there for years. You can download recent shows days after they happen for cost. Back in the day there was a much bigger question about "on whose terms?" We said, "Wait a minute, it should be about the artist."”