iTunes LP, first introduced with the recently released Apple iTunes 9 update, is to be opened up to indie labels as well as the majors.

iTunes LP offers additional content, including interactive sleeve notes, lyrics, discographies, photos, videos and unique artwork.

CEO Steve Jobs had claimed at last month's Apple music themed event in San Francisco that iTunes LP would replicate digitally a time when people still poured over album and single sleeves, read lyrics, studied sleeves notes and even record labels.

Boss of US indie label Chocolate Lab, Brian McKinney had claimed Apple wanted a $10,000 production fee for the additional content, ruling out smaller labels.

After reporting the story UK tech site Electricpig was contacted by Apple to clarify the position. The Cupertino company said it is "releasing the open specs for iTunes LP soon, allowing both major and indie labels to create their own. There is no production fee charged by Apple," without confirming a date for the release.

Currently only a few acts, all on major labels, offer iTunes LP content including The Doors, Bob Dylan, and Grateful Dead among some classic artists, with the Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Norah Jones representing more contemporary acts.

The classic debut album from The Doors, including "Break On Through (To the Other Side)" is now available on iTunes LP.

[Via Electricpig]

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