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

10 March 2018

Apple has announced that it will no longer accept new LP submissions to the iTunes store after March 2018, in an email to music industry workers obtained by Metro. The Apple email was supposedly sent a fortnight ago from a "The iTunes Store" address, signed by "The Apple Music Team" and titled "The End of iTunes LPs".

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

Apple appears to be finally pulling the plug on its iTunes LP format this year.

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iTunes LPs would include the album, but also extras such as bonus tracks, videos and track notes as well as interactive features.

Recent reports suggest Apple is considering killing off iTunes, specifically its LP (long-play) music download functionality, in lieu of a Spotify-like subscription model.

It's hard to gauge whether iTunes LPs were ever a lauded feature since there hasn't been any significant clamor toward them over the years. However, those who have previously purchased LPs will still be able to download its full content package using iTunes Match. An iTunes Store link to "See All Albums with iTunes LP" doesn't appear to work when tapped within the store, but it can be accessed by clicking above.

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The anonymous source who leaked the email to Metro told the publication that "It's clear that streaming is the future". Spotify is now reigning in the streaming landscape, with twice as many subscribers as Apple Music, but Apple is expected to eclipse those numbers by this summer.

iTunes LPs have never been a large part of Apple's music business, but if you are a fan, any iTunes LPs you have purchased aren't going anywhere.

As reported by Metro, in a leaked email to music industry personnel, Apple declared "the end of iTunes LPs", sparking speculation its considering terminating the sale of music downloads. But its existence has only been highlighted now through a report by the United Kingdom newspaper The Metro.

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