iTunes LP has been in the centre of a controversy storm since one indie record label head claimed Apple was keeping the new album artwork format for the majors only, but Apple’s just promised to open it up to any music maker that wants to have a go.
An Apple spokesperson has got in touch to tell us that the Cupertino company is “releasing the open specs for iTunes LP soon, allowing both major and indie labels to create their own. There is no production fee charged by Apple.”
That means that any label big or small will soon be able to craft their own iTunes LP files, filling them with video, pictures, lyrics, crib notes and more. And given the explosion when the iPhone was opened up for third-party developers, we’ve no doubt a similar takeoff will occur.
Apple didn’t say when it will be opening up the iTunes LP format but it’s great news for any slumming musicians looking for an extra way to get noticed.
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