Apple Reportedly Killing Off iTunes LP Format Later This Year

Apple ending iTunes LP

iTunes LP was introduced in 2009 as a way to bring the experience of an actual LP record to digital music purchases. iTunes LP purchases included liner notes, art work, videos, and more to go along with the songs. According to this purported email, Apple will stop submissions after March, but additional reporting from The Verge confirms that existing iTunes LP albums will not be removed and remain available for download via iTunes for Mac and PC.

The format, built from a bundle of JavaScript controller files, CSS, HTML, XML, an iTunesMetadata.plist file, images, and videos, never took off.

"Existing LPs will be deprecated from the store during the remainder of 2018", it reads.

The decision to no longer offer new iTunes LP content is not surprising in light of the decline of music sales industry-wide and the rise of streaming services like Apple Music.

LPs allow users to view multimedia elements as they play music. While it certainly makes some sense for Apple to put all its eggs in the Apple Music basket, there's nothing in the letter to suggest that Apple will stop selling music, either by track or by album.

For whatever reason, though, the industry didn't embrace the technology and only about 400 albums have ever been released as iTunes LPs.

The Apple email announcing the change was reportedly sent two weeks ago from an address at "The iTunes Store" and signed by "The Apple Music Team". Your iTunes LP will be reviewed by iTunes for quality and appropriate content. Its closest competitor, Apple Music, is far behind at 36 million subscribers.

A leaked memo says Apple is phasing out iTunes LP, and that's being interpreted as "Apple isn't going to sell song downloads on iTunes anymore". But its existence has only been highlighted now through a report by the United Kingdom newspaper The Metro.

While it's a somewhat sad confirmation that iTunes LP is indeed nearing total demise, a lot of interactive content is now accessible via Apple Music, the Cupertino company's own subscription-based streaming service, so it comes as no surprise that Apple is starting to phase out LPs.

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