Apple Axes LPs from iTunes Store

Nick Sanchez
March 10, 2018

Apple has confirmed to Mashable that The Verge's report is accurate. The way it works is that they are automatically included in the download when purchasing a full album, but not all albums have LPs.

Remember iTunes LPs? Don't worry, a lot of us had forgotten about them.

A small yet colorful part of the iTunes Store will be history by year's end. According to the letter, while iTunes LP content will no longer be accepted after March 2018 and will be "deprecated from the store during the remainder of 2018", Apple will preserve some access to iTunes LPs: "Customers who have previously purchased an album containing an iTunes LP will still be able to download the additional content using iTunes Match".

The Apple email announcing the change was reportedly sent two weeks ago from an address at "The iTunes Store" and signed by "The Apple Music Team". This technology is referred to in iTunes LP files as TuneKit.

Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPS after March 2018, ' it wrote. This allowed vinyl to play for over 20 minutes as opposed to just five minutes available earlier.

This does not-repeat NOT-mean that Apple is shutting down iTunes.

According to Apple's website, the iTunes LP service provides users with a multimedia experience for their fave albums. The apparent appeal of iTunes LP was supposed to be all the extra features. For those who aren't aware, iTunes LP was launched in 2009 as a special as a way for albums to include extra elements, such as interactive content, lyrics, liner notes, and more.

"At some stage in the future, Apple having an iTunes music store will be as incongruous as Currys selling black and white TVs". However, recent reports predict Apple Music could dethrone Spotify by the end of the year.

Is Apple killing off iTunes?

The news ignites former rumours Apple is considering moving towards a monthly subscription fee, rather than the sale of individual songs.

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