Are indie labels taking advantage of Apple’s new iTunes LP format? Seemingly not – because they’re not allowed to. At least, that’s the claim of Chicago label Chocolate Lab Records, based on a conversation between its digital distributor and an iTunes rep. “He was told that LPs aren’t being offered to indies and that there are only about 12 LPs being offered right now. They also said that iTunes charges a $10,000 production fee for them as well. So that pretty much edges out the indie market completely.” $10k? That’s a lot of money for something supposedly based on standard web authoring standards.

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