Apple is officially going to stop taking new iTunes LP submissions from this month, the company told The Verge yesterday. As reported by the publication, the format was launched in 2009 and allowed albums to be bundled with videos, bonus tracks and more. According to Metro, leaked emails from the company stated the same.
The emails also said that “existing LPs will be deprecated from the store during the remainder of 2018. Customers who have previously purchased an album containing an iTunes LP will still be able to download the additional content using iTunes Match.”
The “existing LPs will be deprecated from the store during the remainder of 2018.
The Verge’s report states that despite the end of iTunes LP submissions by the end of the month, existing iTunes LPs will “not be deprecated”. The report says that the LPs will remain available and “users will still be able to download any previous or new purchases of iTunes LPs at any time via iTunes.”
The move makes for a minor change in how Apple distributes music to customers. It will probably impact a niche audience, but shouldn’t have any mass impact on the company’s music services.