Digital Music News reported the Apple is on schedule to rid the iTunes Music Store by 2019.

The report claims that Apple has planed to phase out paid downloads since 2016, but according to a statement to 9to5Mac, Apple denies the report and said that this is simply not true. “Apple has told DMN that no such phase-out plan exists.”

According to DMN, Apple is planning to create new Apple Music accounts for all of its iTunes users and will transition their downloaded songs to their streaming music library. “The phase-out strategy also includes a clever transition towards Apple Music, the company’s streaming platform, according to one source close to the transition,” writes DMN. “According to details shared, the company would migrate a user’s iTunes download collection towards a brand-new Apple Music account.”

Stay tuned for any further reports of Apple closing the iTunes store.

Related: Apple Music Web Player



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