Apple Finally Defeated By Taylor Swift Over Payments To Artists In Apple Music Free Trials

Taylor Swift, the pop darling that everyone and their mother loves has managed to something that many have tried and failed at – She has defeated Apple.

Unless you have been living under a rock or disconnected yourself from the internet for the last 48 hours it will have been hard to escape the news that Apple were not going to pay artists during the three-month free trial that users get when they join Apple Music.

Many Indie record companies instantly came out against this idea. The new was very low-key until Taylor Swift wrote a blog post the other night attacking Apple. After that it felt like you could not move anywhere online without seeing a headline with the words Taylor Swift and Apple together.

In her post Taylor says that she will be holding her new album, 1989, from the new service and calls Apple out for the damage it will be doing on smaller artists.



This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.

She then goes on to say how this is not about her. That she does not need the money. How she expected better from Apple.

This afternoon Eddie Cue, Apple’s senior vice president for internet software and services, took to Twitter to respond with the following tweets,


Speaking to Buzzfeed Cue said that “artists would be paid on a play per stream system”. He did not however go on to explain just exactly what that would look like. It was also revealed that Cue called Swift personally to let her know of the change of policy.

It is not known yet if these terms will be agreed on by those artists and labels that have yet to sign on to Apple Music.

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