Apple considers ending iTunes music downloads (UPDATE: it isn't)

Apple considers ending iTunes music downloads (UPDATE: it isn't)
UPDATE: Tom Neymayr, an Apple representative, quickly shot down the rumors - he revealed Apple is not going to kill of iTunes Music downloads anytime soon.

Streaming music is the new champion, replacing digital downloads of music. With that in mind, Apple is said to be considering ending music download sales from iTunes. There are two possible scenarios reportedly being considered. One would end song sales via iTunes within the next two years. The other possibility would be for Apple to allow iTunes music sales to hang around for another three to four years, before dropping the curtain on what was once the most popular way to sell music online to the public.

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

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9 Comments

1. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

I hate streaming music.. I'd rather store.

4. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yup. Streaming sucks for so many reasons but one thing Apple and all companies pushing the cloud-based storage/streaming options forget is that we don't always have Wi-Fi, most data plans are restricted and especially if international travelling you'll either not be able to listen to music or face massive bills.

10. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Either way, Apple makes money. Sean and Shawn should sue Apple for stealing their idea.

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1556; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Honestly who buys music now a days??

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Me, can't wait to buy Moon Shaped Pool on CD when it comes out here

13. Shrihari

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Exactly.....lol..

3. Unordinary unregistered

You high school authors don't do your research before writing articles huh? http://www.recode.net/2016/5/11/11660982/apple-itunes-music-downloads-not-true

5. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Apple already said this was false before you even posted the article...

14. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

Apple is the business of making money, not selling music. Unless streaming or something else is more profitable, downloads won't be going away anytime soon. See last sentence in second to last paragraph. That should have been a clue.

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