Musicians around the world woke to a surprise today.
Apple has written a letter to the music industry which has sparked fears it’s planning to kill off iTunes. The tech giant has just announced ‘the end of iTunes LPs’, prompting claims that it’s secretly planning to stop selling downloads altogether.
Metro has been shown an email sent to people working in the music business announcing the withdrawal of ‘LPs’ from the iTunes store.
Older readers and vinyl lovers will know that LP stands for ‘long-playing’ and is generally used to refer to an album. But in Apple speak, an LP is a specific type of music bundle which will be removed from the iTunes store throughout 2018.
Although this one decision does not spell immediate doom for iTunes, music industry sources and experts said it’s evidence which chimes with rumours that Apple is intending to stop selling music downloads and shift to a subscription model.
This would mean users would have to pay a monthly fee, rather than buying individual songs. But it also could mean that people who spent a fortune buying songs on iTunes had basically wasted their money, because pretty much everything they purchased is now available for £9.99 a month. – Metro
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