Apple will shut all the online stores of its iTunes stores, its online music store of albums and its streaming music service of songs, and will not return the iTunes store of music and movies to its users in the coming months, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Friday.
The company will stop releasing new products and services in the next six months, and no new music or movies will be released by Apple until it gets back to normal operations.
Cook said the shutdowns, if implemented, will not impact iTunes customers or their ability to stream music.
Cook, who took the helm at Apple after Steve Jobs died in 2011, said he would not give a timeline for the company’s plans.
Cook has said that the software bug that affected Apple products in the fall of last year led to about 100 million people losing access to iTunes content.
He blamed the software glitch on a patch released in January by Microsoft and Google.
Cook had said at the time that Apple was still “focusing on getting things back to where they were before” the software problem.
The shutdowns are part of Apple’s plan to overhaul the way it manages its software.
Apple has long maintained that its software is secure, and it will no longer be able to use the software to access any of its devices that are not authorized by the company.
Apple is currently the biggest seller of software licenses for music, movies and TV shows.
The company has also struggled to keep up with the rapid growth of new technology.