iTunes LP format out of reach for small artists
Unfortunately, small labels might have hard times releasing their albums in iTunes LP format, according to a recent report from Gizmodo. It says that small label Chocolate Lab Records attempted to find out how to release their albums in iTunes LP format and were told that it was not being offered to small labels, and that Apple charges a $10,000 processing fee for iTunes LP releases.
There are precious few iTunes LP releases available, and it seems more like a gimmicky feature to hype up the iTunes 9 release, but these policies certainly aren't helping Apple propagate their newest format. The lack of lossless audio in iTunes LP isn't helping, either.
— Will Greenwald