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Yes, it is on the bay. However, I wouldn't call it piracy if you purchased the album and would like something with decent sound quality. I paid $19 to download the songs for Guitar Hero so I don't feel one bit guilty for downloading the album. Especially since the CD version is crap.
If you purchased the CD, then I wouldn't call it piracy if you download a better copy of the same songs.
Or a replacement - I've owned most Mettalica albums righteously, but lost or rendered to thieves, so I have paid for the right to listen to those albums.
Granted, a lot of what I listen to is pirated, but it only serves to either decide me against, or most often, for an artist and buy their work. I then tell other people to download it, and suddenly, a hitherto unknown artist gets play.
I really like Death Magnetic. Also the GH III version of the album has been leaked on the web. That version has much better sound quality than the crappier CD which is way too compressed.
I've gone back and forth on this. I have both versions, and while at first I found the GH3 version to be better, after a few listens I decided it had too much MP3 compression (different from the compression you're talking about) even though I did grab the flac files (who knows what format GH3 has them in).
So I went back to the CD version, and I ultimately decided that I preferred that mix... it sounds like they're blowing out my speakers, true, but it is Metallica. I can just picture a needle pinned into the red when listening to it. And Justice For All always did weird things to my speakers too.
It is a helluva lotta fun on GH3 too... good workout for my right arm.
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