Apple considers ending iTunes music downloads (UPDATE: it isn't)
Another possibility said to be under discussion would end iTunes downloaded music purchases in countries where streaming is now prevalent, like in the U.S. and the U.K. In "Tier 2 and Tier 3" areas, iTunes downloads would remain the favored way to sell music for a brief period of time.
Sources close to Apple say that no matter what, the company will phase out iTunes music downloads with the current talk deciding "not on if, but when" music downloads should be permanently retired. But not everyone inside Apple is happy with the idea of pulling the plug on iTunes music downloads. After all, iTunes generates three times the revenue that Apple Music does.
Speaking of Apple Music, the service will be the recipient of a huge update at WWDC next month.
source: BusinessInsider, ReCode