Apple May Axe iTunes For A 'Spotify-esque' Model

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Apple began offering its own interpretation of the LP in 2009 on the iTunes Store. Earlier on Tuesday morning, Metro found a leaked Apple document that spelled doom for the bundled extras. "Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPs after March 2018", the email said.

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

In spite of the given details of iTunes LP format on its website including how its TuneKit API works with the feature, it is not hard to believe that Apple is killing iTunes LP.

The source claims the Cupertino-based company will stop taking new iTunes LP submissions as of this month, according to the Daily Mail. They often include lyrics, band photos and performance videos.

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. However, lately signs indicate that it may not be the case much longer through iTunes. Your iTunes LP will be reviewed by iTunes for quality and appropriate content.

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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".

Meanwhile, Apple Music is going from strength to strength, with The Wall Street Journal predicting its tally of paying subscribers will overtake Spotify in the U.S. 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.

Some sites, including the original report from Metro, have surmised that the letter telegraphs Apple's move away from music purchases entirely, but that may be a bit of a leap. It's unclear how iTunes, which has been heavily updated with Apple Music and other integrations since iTunes LP's debut, now handles the feature.