Taylor Swift takes shots at Apple, says she was “shocked” by free 3 months Apple Music service
One of the biggest pop acts of the moment, Taylor Swift, has defended her decision to hold back her album from the newly found Apple Music streaming service.
Miss Swift says she’s happy for the new Apple platform but it doesn’t sound like much fun giving out her music for a whole three months to streamers.
Apple’s music service comes with a 3-month free subscription for every new user which the 25-year-old singer finds to be “shocking [and] disappointing” since the content owners (artists) won’t receive a dime from the users’ head during this evaluation period.
Here’s an excerpt from Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple via her Tumblr blog (you can access it via the “Source” link):
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’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.
What do you think that Taylor’s swift decision? Is she bold or plain greedy?
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