Bad news is just around the corner for those of us who rely on Apple’s iTunes downloads!
The iTunes store opened in 2003 with what was a unique and revolutionary business model at the time. Users could purchase music on a song-by-song basis and download it to their computers. Selling songs for 99¢ was an effective way to counter the decline in CD purchases at a time when the music industry was losing revenue…
Now, Apple insiders say the company plans to phase out iTunes downloads by March 31st, 2019.
Top Apple executive Jimmy Iovine confirmed that iTunes downloads are being phased out, but wouldn’t confirm the date… He simply told the BBC that the service would stop existing “when people stop buying.”
This is bad news for consumers; when iTunes downloads finally become unavailable, you’ll have to subscribe to Apple music or another streaming service to get your tunes… Not only does that imply a monthly subscription, but on top of it, you may end up paying for more data from your cellular provider.
Why, Apple?! (sadface)