“Fresh rumours are circulating that Apple may be preparing to wind down iTunes music downloads in 2019 due to a loss of interest from consumers,” Jon Porter writes for Trusted Reviews. “Now, the Cupertino-based company has issued statement addressing the claims.”

“Apple has subsequently issued a short but to-the-point press statement regarding the rumours it’s planning to kill off iTunes in 2019,” Porter writes. “‘It’s not true,’ a company spokesperson said.”

“Even in 2019 the music download is unlikely to die out completely,” Porter writes. “Outside of Apple it’s likely to be a similar story across the rest of the music industry, but we don’t think we’ll ever see the music download die off completely.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Both download sales and subscription streaming will coexist for a long time.

BTW: You’d have to be stupid to subscribe to Spotify when it has 33% fewer tracks than Apple Music for the same price. Apple Music boasts a catalog of 45 million songs; Spotify has a mere subset of just 30 million. Don’t be stupid. If you’re still subscribing to Spotify, it’s past time for you to cancel it and upgrade to Apple Music. (See also: How to move your Spotify playlists to Apple Music.)MacDailyNews, February 6, 2017

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