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New iTunes terms confirm: no iTunes Extras, LP on iPad

Apple has updated its iTunes Store Terms & Conditions ahead of the iPad’s launch, revealing a few minor details about the device’s functionality. Most notably, and despite reports indicating that the formats were developed with the iPad in mind, the initial iPad software will not offer support for iTunes Extras or iTunes LP content. The new terms state, “iTunes LP and iTunes Extras Products are usable only on computers with iTunes 9 or higher and Apple TV with software version 3.0 or higher,” adding that if the user purchases a album or movie that includes such content, it won’t be downloaded to the iPad, but instead will be placed in the user’s download queue for later downloading via iTunes. In addition, the terms also state that movies rented using the iPad may not be moved from the device, mirroring the behavior of movies rented on the Apple TV.

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Was iTunes LP ever meant to succeed or is it just a concession to music publishers? The whole thing seems designed to get people back into the habit of buying albums rather than tracks, which could probably be better accomplished if so many albums didn’t contain so many uninteresting filler tracks. Even so, the extra content could be compelling for some albums if it was actually accessible on the devices people were using to listen to music. I guess there are a fair amount of people who listen on their computers, but I’m guessing more listen on their portable devices.

Posted by Rob E. on April 2, 2010 at 12:17 PM (CDT)


Well this makes sense seeing as the iPad uses a version of the iPhone OS to run and the iPhone doesn’t do iTunes LP.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see the next version of iPhone OS support iTunes LP and Extras.

Posted by Mike Coogan on April 2, 2010 at 5:51 PM (CDT)


iTunes LP and such would be 1000% better on the iPad than on a desktop or laptop.  I would actually buy some.  I hope they do that in the future.

Posted by JL on April 2, 2010 at 7:52 PM (CDT)


I tried viewing an iTunes LP (Plastic Beach) on an TV the other day.
It was completely unusable– The TV doesn’t have the power for the advanced features of iTunes LP.
The iPad is much more powerful than an TV, I hope they add support in a later software update…

Posted by Dan Woods on April 6, 2010 at 4:21 AM (CDT)

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