Taylor Swift Forces Apple Music To Pay Artists

Posted: Jun 22 2015, 4:18am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 22 2015, 4:33am CDT, in News | Apple


Apple Announces to Pay Artists After Taylor Swift Criticism
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  • Taylor Swift forces Apple to Pay Artists During Free Music Trials!
  • Apple Announces to Pay Artists After Taylor Swift Criticism

Apple executives agree to pay artists during the 3 month trial period after Taylor Swift pens open letter pen Tumblr.

On Sunday Taylor Swift wrote and open letter to Apple entitled ‘Dear Apple, Love Taylor.’ The letter called out Apple for not paying artists during the trial period on its Music streaming service and revealed it as the reason why her album ‘1989’ will not be featured on Apple.

The trial period of Apple lasts for about 3 months rather than the 1 month other services offer. According to Taylor Swift she is shocked and disappointed at the policy of the ‘Generous Company’ and it is not about her but about the new artists who have just released their singles and will not be paid.

Taylor Swift claimed while she is one her fifth music album and can support myself and her team, but it’s unfair that young and new artists, writer, producers will not be paid for a quarter of a year.

"Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done. I hope that soon I can join them in the progression towards a streaming model that seems fair to those who create this music. I think this could be the platform that gets it right," Taylor Swift write in her open letter.

"But I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."

Swift’s post has since then gone viral with many artists showing support to her cause such as Jack Antonoff and Christina Perri.

It seems Swift’s voice was heard as Apple senior executive Eddy Cue announced they will be reversing their policy about paying artists during the first three months of streaming on Apple Music.  

The news was announced via Twitter by Eddy Cue and stated Apple has heard Taylor Swift and indie artists. Taylor replied back on Twitter stating she is elated and relieved and thanked everyone for their support, which made Apple listen to them. 

In an interview with Billboard Eddy Cue revealed the letter by Taylor Swift made the company realize something has to change and it solidified the decision to pay artists during the trial period.

"When I woke up this morning and saw what Taylor had written, it really solidified that we needed a change. And so that's why we decide we will now pay artists during the trial period," said Eddy.

Taylor Swift also tweeted an hour after Cue's announcement.

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