Metallica Considering Radiohead-Style Release

"You know, this is our last record under contract with Warner, so we're looking at how we can embrace everything," said Ulrich, who pointed out to Rolling Stone that the band already allows fans to buy MP3 and FLAC versions of recent live shows and download older shows for free.

After denying that the band would sign a 360-degree deal with Live Nation, Ulrich implied that the band could choose a more independent, digital route: "We've been observing Radiohead and Trent Reznor and in twenty-seven years or however long it takes for the next record, we'll be looking forward to everything in terms of possibilities with the Internet."