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Taylor Swift says Apple's new music service is "shocking, disappointing and completely unlike" the company

She says the decision not pay artists for three months is unfair.

TSwift: queen.
TSwift: queen.
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TAYLOR SWIFT DOESN’T like streaming services.

She has famously eschewed Spotify and recently informed Apple that she won’t be making her catalogue of pop/country hits available to their new service.

This, of course, has led to the Grammy winner and all-round boss coming in for some criticism.

Today, however, the Shake It Off singer hit back, outlining why she doesn’t want to put her 1989 album on the computer giant’s Apple Music site.

In the letter, she writes that Apple Music’s decision to not pay musicians any royalties for its three-month free trial period is “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”

While many have accused Swift of greed or money-grubbing, she says that she is taking the stand for new artists who “not be paid for [the site's] success”.

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.

Apple plans to pay music owners 71.5% of the service’s subscription revenue when the trial period is over, which they say is more than the industry standard.

Source: TaylorSwiftVEVO/YouTube

The letter in full:

I write this to explain why I’ll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music. I feel this deserves an explanation because Apple has been and will continue to be one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans. I respect the company and the truly ingenious minds that have created a legacy based on innovation and pushing the right boundaries.
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.
This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. 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.
These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.
I realise that Apple is working towards a goal of paid streaming. I think that is beautiful progress. We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out.
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.
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.Taylor

What do you think? Is TSwift right?


Poll Results:

Yes, artists should be paid (2728)
No, it's just money-grubbing (734)
Haters gonna hate, hate, hate (428)
Yes, she's a queen and is always right (287)




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