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Apple Ending Music Downloads?

Since mid-March there have been rumours that Apple may be ending music downloads on March 31st, 2019 to promote their Music Streaming services. But contradictory statements have been issued so I don’t personally believe Apple would shut down such a lucrative service.

Yes, the streaming service has become quite popular with iPhone users and streaming accounted for 65% of the music sales in 2017 according to the Recording Industry Association of America. But digital downloads still accounted for 15% of these sales last year, regardless of their 25% reduction in sales from the previous year and iTunes retains a good percentage of these sales.

I support artists by buying music and music video downloads from iTunes, Google Play and CD Baby because artists generally get more royalties from these download services than their streaming counterpart, although it should be noted that SOCAN did confirm a hike in streaming royalties in their 2016 annual report.

I don’t own an iPhone and I am not interested in owning one, preferring to listen to my music on an older Sony digital music player instead of draining my Sony Xperia smartphone’s battery to listen to music. And iTunes has been my primary source of music since Puretracks closed, on both the Windows and Apple operating systems, so i’m hoping they will continue the service because I am not that interested in streaming services.

Although I have installed Spotify and several other streaming services on my desktop and tablets, the vast majority of the music I listen to was copied off compact discs and I don’t want to need an internet connection to play my music.

I’m not willing to pay extra to listen to music I already paid for and I occasionally visit areas with little to no internet access so paid streaming is not the best option for me.

I guess we’ll see what they’re planning my March 31st, 2019 and I will definitely contact them with my concerns if they ever choose to bow out of music downloads.

Gift Card Offers

Until February 7th, 2014 you will be able to obtain a 15% discount off $50 iTunes Cards at participating Shoppers Drug Mart stores. Please consult your local Shoppers Drug Mart flyer for details.

Gift Card Offer At Best Buy

Some Best Buy Canada stores are offering $60 iTunes multipacks for $48.00. Please consult your local flyer for details.

This offer ends Jan 23rd, 2013.

More Gift Card Offers

There are two overlapping gift card offers this week, both offering $5 off $25 iTunes gift cards.

You can take advantage of this offer at participating Sobeys stores up to the 20th of November or you can visit your local participating Rexall Pharmaplus for the same offer up to the 28th of November.

Check your local flyer for details one whether your local stores have this offer or not.

Update: Additional offers can be found at participating Metro and Best Buy locations.

At participating Metro grocery stores you can get $5 off a $30 iTunes gift card multipack whilst at participating Best Buy locations you can get $12 off a $60 iTunes gift card multipack.

Gift Card Savings

My local Real Canadian Superstore flyer for this week includes a 20% off coupon on various gift cards, including iTunes gift cards.

This coupon, which is available on the flyer and at participating stores on the Gift Center display, expires on November 14th, 2013.

CinemaNow Opens Canadian Site

CinemaNow had opened a Canadian site, enabling Canadians who use Windows or internet connected devices to rent or purchase films online.

Film rentals are generally $4.99 and purchases vary in price.