The Voice

The Voice ditches iTunes covers for early rounds of Season 15


Kennedy Holmes four-chair turn cover of "Turning Tables" won't be available on iTunes during Season 15. (NBC Photo)

Kennedy Holmes four-chair turn cover of “Turning Tables” won’t be available on iTunes during Season 15. (NBC Photo)

So you can’t find iTunes versions of the cover songs from Monday night’s Season 15 premiere of The Voice?

There’s a good reason for that. They don’t exist.

The Voice is trying something different in Season 15, according to Abby Freemire of MPRM Communications. She coordinates artist publicity for the show.

iTunes singles are being held back until the live shows, she says.

Instead, there’s “a curator page on Apple Music with playlists made by the coaches, former artists, and the original versions of the songs performed on the show each week.”

The move is disappointing in the sense that it means at least half of the contestants from Season 15 won’t be able to see their hard work on a platform like iTunes.

And it means fans will miss out on a chance to download or stream some unique covers for their listening pleasure. My iTunes library still includes Christina Grimmie’s Season 6 blind audition cover of “Wrecking Ball.”

But the move is also sorta understandable.

No one was downloading early-round iTunes covers by Voice artists for voting purposes when those shows aired.

And the covers hadn’t been doing particularly well on the download charts. During the Season 14 blind auditions, just two songs cracked the Top 200.

Anyway, that’s why you can’t find the iTunes downloads.

Apple Music versions of The Voice songs will return, with a voting twist

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  1. Sandy Middleton October 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    That sucks! I’ve downloaded early performances every season! I’m really unhappy about this!

  2. Mac October 23, 2018 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for clearing that up

  3. Kickumbooty October 24, 2018 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Boo, hiss, boooo

  4. Nan October 30, 2018 at 1:27 am -  Reply

    This SUCKS for Sure!!
    How Selfish!!!
    I’ve NEVER Missed a download from the show
    Politics again!!!

  5. Cheryl October 30, 2018 at 4:11 am -  Reply

    They also are not having duets from the battle rounds available on ITunes! I wanted to download “Angel” by Katrina Cain vs. Rachel Messer but it’s not there!

    • Mark Franklin October 30, 2018 at 5:52 am -  Reply

      No. My understanding is that there will be no iTunes versions for the blinds, the battles or the knockouts. I’m trying to confirm that they’ll be back for the live playoffs.

  6. Anne Lucas November 1, 2018 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    So not happy about this. Some of those early performances were so good.

  7. Tara Demas November 4, 2018 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    This stinks! I always buy these singles

  8. Donna November 6, 2018 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Sad, we have had several we wanted to download, will the older ones be available?

    • Mark Franklin November 6, 2018 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

      They haven’t taken down the ones from past seasons. But none are available from this year’s blind auditions, battle round or knockout round.

  9. Maz November 11, 2018 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

    Lame!! So very lame.

  10. David November 13, 2018 at 2:19 am -  Reply

    This is not correct. No songs from season 15 of the voice are available on iTunes, even during the live shows.

    • Mark Franklin November 13, 2018 at 2:57 am -  Reply

      They will be available starting next week.

  11. Pat November 13, 2018 at 4:19 am -  Reply


    • Mark Franklin November 13, 2018 at 4:40 am -  Reply

      Apple music versions of the covers will be available beginning next week. But I agree, they should be available for all performances, like in the past.

  12. John November 13, 2018 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    Obviously none of the decision makers took the contestants, their family and friends into consideration. These recording were irreplaceable keepsakes. What a kick in the teeth to fans of the show that are lovers and collectors of music!

    • AUDRA DILUCIANO February 24, 2019 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

      Couldn’t agree more. I downloaded multiple blind audition songs from prior seasons and there were two I wanted from Season 15. This SUCKS! Boo to The Voice.

  13. Wendy November 13, 2018 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Noooooooo!!! I was SO looking forward to Makenzie’s “I Believe In You and Me” (slayyyyyyed it!!) and DeAndre Nico’s “Oridinary People” 🙁
    And this is definitely a bummer for contestants to have a Studio Version keepsake of their early/first Live performances!!
    Good thing you can still catch them on the Voice Youtube channel. But still ….. sigh …

    • Mark Franklin November 13, 2018 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

      And keep in mind that the YouTube performances disappear after 2 years.

      • Linda May 24, 2020 at 9:37 am -  Reply

        It all boils down to money, Like most everything in this world anymore. A little bit of respect goes a long way.

  14. Sue November 13, 2018 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    This is terrible. Can’t get songs I love. Lost opportunity

  15. Larry Doss November 19, 2018 at 9:16 am -  Reply

    I am what would be considered old school. I downloaded almost every one of the cover songs. To me thw unique variation given to the older songs is what makes music as powerful as it can be. This might make my family discontinue watching the voice.

  16. Brian November 21, 2018 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Sandy Redd is off the show and I can’t find her last performances on iTunes. She was amazing and I’d like to buy her tracks.

    • Mark Franklin November 22, 2018 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

      Performances for the Twitter save are never posted to iTunes. The only performances posted this year will be the Monday night songs, from Top 13 night forward.

  17. Anne December 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    I thought it was too bad that you couldn’t download “Waterfalls” by Blake, Gwen, Alisha and Adam. That was done beautifully.

  18. AUDRA DILUCIANO February 24, 2019 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    This COMPLETELY sucks. Hate it, hate it, hate it. I still can’t find Kameron Marlowe One Number Away to download. Super irritating.

  19. Janet Boger March 5, 2019 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Very annoying since there have been several songs I would have purchased already!

  20. Clare April 7, 2019 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    I went looking for a couple of the auditions to download and am very disturbing!

  21. Watson Susie April 22, 2019 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    I listen for talent that can change up a cover song. It is why I watch. I don’t want Apple Music. i want itunes downloads to keep. Shortsighted.

  22. Christine April 26, 2019 at 2:22 am -  Reply

    I can’t find any music for season 16…… what’s up?

  23. chopper May 1, 2019 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    I’ve always looked forward to the voice coming on not only to participate but create some of my favorite playlists from them. So now they want your votes for music you will never hear again? What’s the point then. I really don’t look forward to it’s just on and getting boring like idol did. I think the show will see a big drop in ratings now. But on the upside I can watch Tucker Carlson instead lol

  24. steve October 29, 2019 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    too bad. I guess I’m a nobody.

  25. michelle otoole November 8, 2019 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    I was certainly downloading songs from contestants I liked earlier!

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