Apple reportedly killing iTunes LPs in March, pulling them throughout 2018

10 March, 2018, 00:56 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Apple reportedly killing iTunes LPs in March, pulling them throughout 2018

The iTunes LP format was first introduced in 2009 and let publishers add interactive artwork, along with assorted iTunes Extras, with their content.

Existing LPs will be deprecated from the store during the remainder of 2018.

According to reports, Apple is gearing up to end iTunes LP submissions by April 1.

ITunes LPs were created to encourage customers to buy complete albums by an artist rather than just a few tracks by bundling bonus tracks, sleeve notes, video documentaries, and other incentives.

A fresh leak suggests Apple is warning its music industry partners that it will stop multimedia album downloads on the iTunes Store this year. They often include lyrics, band photos and performance videos. It's hard to imagine iTunes LPs being the reason why people buy albums in full, so that's probably not the case. The way it works is that they are automatically included in the download when purchasing a full album, but not all albums have LPs.

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iTunes LP downloads use a proprietary file format with the extension .itlp, which is essentially a WebArchive adhering to special conventions using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, CSS Animations, and plists.

As Venture Beat notes, the original Metro report incorrectly reads the move as the beginning of the end of the iTunes Store entirely - but back on Earth we can safely assume that Apple will leave the lights on for as long as people are still buying digital music.

The anonymous source who leaked the email to Metro told the publication: "It's clear that streaming is the future".

The music industry has nearly moved away from purchases entirely, opting toward the subscription model of Apple Music or Spotify. Rumors, according to Metro.co.uk, are pointing to Apple doing just that and pushing everyone into APple Music subscriptions. But its existence has only been highlighted now through a report by the United Kingdom newspaper The Metro.

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