When Apple launches Apple Music, they actually announced that users get 3 months of free trial and during these 3 months, artists actually do not get paid for all the music streamed by users. Taylor Swift had her say in this recently.
The Bad Blood singer has posted an open letter to Apple explaining why she is holding back her album 1989 from the upcoming Apple Music service. Along with that, she also commented, “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
“I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”
Apple has then revised the Apple Music policy which asked artists to foot the bill for Apple Music’s 3-month free trial.
Apple SVP Eddy Cue posted on Twitter last night to announce the company’s change in policy:
Apple will always make sure that artist are paid #iTunes #AppleMusic
#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period
We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple
So there you go, Apple 0, Taytay 1.