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Apple Bringing Back Album -- for Majors

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Apple Bringing Back Album -- for Majors

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Reviving the LP? Not exactly.

It seems Apple's plan to fight the one-track purchase mentality it created is excluding most artists.

We reported in July that Apple was teaming with four record labels to create online LPs, luring buyers with videos, liner notes and artwork viewable without returning to iTunes. But if you aren't with one of those four major labels, you may be out of luck.

It costs $10,000 to bundle such a virtual album -- too much for most independent labels.

Brian McKinney, of Chocolate Lab Records, told Gizmodo that the digital distribution manager at his label's distributor learned from an iTunes representative that only about 12 of the LPs are being offered right now, and none is being offered to independents.

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