Apple Reportedly Preparing To End iTunes Music Downloads By March 2019

March 27, 2018

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Per a report from Digital Music News & statements from Apple executive, Jimmy Iovine, iTunes seems to be ready to move on from music downloads.

First rumored back in 2016, Apple denied reports of ending music downloads. However, this week when speaking with BBC, Iovine seemed to confirm a phase out of the iTunes store stating that the move was inevitable. He gave no timetable as to when it could disappear, but said "if I'm honest, it's when people stop buying. It's very simple."

UPDATE: Digital Music News is now reporting that March 31, 2019 will be the final day that iTunes will offer music downloads.

iTunes has sold 35 billion downloads in its 15 year existence & a shutdown of the store wouldn't mess with the music you already have downloaded, but no new downloads would be available.

The news comes on the heels of the RIAA publishing a report that vinyl & CDs are outselling digital downloads for the first time since 2011.