ITunes LP Demise Doesn't Mean Apple is Done Selling Music

Apple Inches Closer To Killing iTunes For Good Plans To End Key Feature Dwayne Taylor

Apple explains on its website: "iTunes LPs offer endless opportunities to create an interactive, multimedia experience for albums in iTunes". Earlier on Tuesday morning, Metro found a leaked Apple document that spelled doom for the bundled extras.

In the email, which was signed by the "Apple Music Team", it said that the tech giant will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPs are March 2018'.

The Verge reports that while there will be no more submissions accepted, existing ones that you've bought will still work as always.

The email, obtained by Metro, also claims that existing iTunes LPs will be removed from the iTunes Store through the end of 2018.

iTunes LP's have not really been a huge part of Apple's music business.

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. They often include lyrics, band photos and performance videos. What's more, the letter says that sales of currently-available iTunes LPs will be phased out over the course of the year.

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

"Customers who have previously purchased an album containing an iTunes LP will still be able to download the additional content using iTunes Match", the email read.

The music industry has nearly moved away from purchases entirely, opting toward the subscription model of Apple Music or Spotify.

Mark Mulligan, an analyst at MIDiA Research and music industry blogger, told Metro that the announcement was "potential evidence" of Apple's future plans.

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.

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