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Nicky Wire told NME.COM that Napster was the antithesis of their new album...

MANIC STREET PREACHERS bassist NICKY WIRE has told NME.COM that NAPSTER is “as evil as COCA-COLA”.

An undisclosed number of Napster users had their accounts blocked last week after the band’s label, Sony Music UK, objected to the tracks, as-yet-unreleased material from the band’s forthcoming record ‘Know Your Enemy’, being freely available on the controversial file-sharing network.

NME.COM tracked down bassist Nicky Wire last week (February 8) to raise fans’ concerns over their being thrown off the Napster service. Wire told NME.COM that the fans are “not being sued”, but said Napster is the “antithesis” of everything ‘Know Your Enemy’ is about.

He commented: “I have no interest in Napster. I think the idea that Napster is a charity is hideous. They’re an American company who are desperately out to conquer the world and sell their shares for as much as they can. They’re just as evil as Coca-Cola. It’s the Americanisation of the world once again. I have no interest in it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Wire claimed Napster to be “a symbol of the laziness of modern capitalist culture”. For the full story, see this week’s NME, out in London tomorrow (February 13), and nationwide on Wednesday (14).

An announcement regarding the future of Napster is expected within the hour. As reported earlier today on NME.COM, a US court will rule later today on whether Napster is guilty of “wholesale” copyright infringement by allowing its users to download MP3 files of copyrighted songs for free. NME.COM will bring the news later this evening.