updated 01:35 pm EDT, Tue October 13, 2009
Tech currently limited to majors
Apple will "soon" open the iTunes LP standard to everyone, according to a company spokesperson. The format extends iTunes' digital liner notes to allow for DVD-like features, such as photo galleries, elaborate artwork and supplemental video. That material has so far been reserved for the four major record labels however, which include Warner, EMI, Sony BMG and Universal.
The policy has drawn fire from at least one independent label, which notes that it and others have not had access to LP. When the format does expand its reach, it will be through open specifications. The spokesperson adds that no production fees will be imposed.