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Apple Denies Report That It Will End iTunes Music Downloads Within Next Few Years

Apple refutes a report claiming it plans to stop selling music downloads in the next few years.

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Apple has no plans to stop selling music downloads from iTunes in the next few years.

"This is not true," Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr told to BuzzFeed News, rebutting to a Digital Music News report claiming the company "is now preparing to completely terminate music download offerings on the iTunes Store" in two years -- or possibly "the next 3-4 years."

Closing the iTunes Store — Apple's primary music marketplace — would be an aggressive move under any circumstances. With music downloads still outselling Apple Music subscriptions three to one on and Drake going platinum in one week while staying exclusive to Apple, it's clear that any subscription service-only future is a ways off.

While Apple has a habit of forcing change on its users when it decides it's time to shift technology forward (think losing the CD drive, touchscreen smartphones or the rumored switch to wireless earbuds), the company's not yet prepared to do that with digital music downloads — not on this 2 year timetable, anyway.

Apple spokesperson tells me on record that this is NOT true. https://t.co/2QYvOw8b3x

Brendan Klinkenberg is a tech reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco.

Contact Brendan Klinkenberg at brendan.klinkenberg@buzzfeed.com.

John Paczkowski is the managing editor for BuzzFeed San Francisco. Formerly deputy managing editor for Re/code and AllThingsD, he's been covering the intersection of technology and culture since 1997.

Contact John Paczkowski at John.Paczkowski@buzzfeed.com.

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