With barely a week left of January, iTunes has joined the sales, citing having "too much music left" as the primary reason.
"The general public aren't as techno-savvy as they like to think", said an Apple spokesman. "They don't seem to realise that all those tracks take up incredible amounts of space." Readers will be interested to discover that this is actually a phenonemon known as 'memory space'. Much like the shelves in a shop, once it is full, no more stock can be ordered.
"The problem is, we have to stock up on a track when it comes out. If no one buys it, all the copies we ordered just fill up our warehouse (a form of memory shed)."
X-Factor contestants have been fingered as the main source of left over tracks. "There is a lot of excitement surrounding these artists. At least at Christmas. When the next show comes out a year later, we get left with thousands of unsellable songs! We have literally whole warehouses storing copies of that one Gareth Gates did after Unchained Melody."
Many have criticised iTunes' methods, suggesting they instead use one master copy of the song instead of storing thousands of copies. "People try to tell us we're doing it wrong", said Tim Cook. "But the companies we get the tracks from put this ridiculous protection on the tracks, meaning we need to sell each copy as a separate entity."