It’s sad, really, as someone who uses music downloads rather than music streaming I am quite saddened by the future disappearance of Apple’s iTunes download service. This is done because of the meteoric growth of Apple Music and other streaming services like Spotify.
Just last week, Apple executive Jimmy Lovine pointed to a shutdown when ‘people stop buying’. Of course, this means that insiders will often tell journalists about when this “date” is expected to come. With the latest rumors pointing at a shutdown announcement in March 31, 2019.
The insiders have clarified that thi is just an estimated date for an announcement of a shutdown of the service. This also doesn’t mean that the downloaded content will stop being available for the customers who purchased it.
No, music downloads will always work on all Apple devices and the iTunes platform, across all versions. iPods will continue to work and playing song downloads as well, not to mention that iTunes syncing will continue working, so no, no bricking will happen, Apple already has that covered, so don’t you worry about it.
As much as I’d like to say that this is the end much like how Flash will stop being a thing in 2020. I will say that leaks like these are meant to be taken with a grain of salt. To be honest, I still rely on my music downloads (Legitimately bought, of course) to enjoy my music on the go.
However, I’d love to see if Music Streaming is the future of the industry or not. As it seems, the competition is quite fierce between Spotify and Apple Music. So we might be seeing a few developments happening sometime soon. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even end up switching to Spotify if I end up losing the option to have my downloaded tracks.