Here we go again: More rumours about Apple shutting down iTunes. And now we have a date.

And now we have a date. Here we go again: More rumours about Apple shutting down iTunes.
That includes music purchased on iTunes, or uploaded from any other source. If this is true, this will reduce our access to music and our ability to use it as we see fit. The sources clarified that this would only be the announcement date. Additionally, the sources stressed that music downloads will always work on all Apple devices and the iTunes platform, across all versions. But anything I need in the future will be unavailable for purchase and download. This is not good. For guys like me who need/want possession of music files (not least of which for construction of my radio shows), I do NOT want to go back to the pre-2001 era when I had to scour stores for CDs and vinyl to find songs I needed for my Ongoing History of New Music show. Possession of music will become a thing of a past. Earlier, these same sources pointed to an ‘early 2019’ shutdown, though internal roadmaps now include a March 31st, 2019 phase-out of the service. If you like to load up your phone with music to go for a jog or walk the dog or a trip to the gym, you won’t be able to buy new music for that purpose. Yet DMN insists that there is a slow-moving plan for Apple to rid itself of iTunes music. I quote:
Now, sources inside the company are pointing to a firm date for a planned shutdown of the iTunes music download store. Talk about a stupid step backwards. So the thousands of tracks I’ve already purchased with continue to work. Subscribe to Apple Music. Want the latest music? Effectively, that will set in motion the shutdown, with users given ample warning of the upcoming phase-out. It maintains that Apple has a plan in action to stop selling music files as a way of pushing people to access music only through streaming. It’ll all be about access–at least in the Apple digital realm. Digital Music News, a site that I visit every day, has been hammering away on the impending death on paid iTunes downloads for some time. Please don’t let this be true. Pay for more data. Great. So you’ll always be able to play MP3s, iTunes-purchased AACs, and even older, DRM-protected iTunes songs (many years ago, song downloads were ‘DRM protected,’ creating limitations on file-sharing and other uses).