Recording artist Taylor Swift is NOT happy with Apple’s refusal to pay musicians their percentage during the upcoming three-month free trial of Apple Music. In an open letter to Apple on her Tumblr blog, Swift said “It’s not about me,” stating that she can afford to support her band, crew and management team through live shows. Her concern is with “the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt.” As she notes, that’s a quarter of a year during which artists won’t be getting paid.
In her letter to Apple, Swift made a compelling argument to Apple to overturn the policy, saying:
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A round of applause to Taylor Swift for her comments. If any company can afford to both pay artists their royalties and give consumers a three-month free trial, it’s Apple. Let’s hope that Apple listens to this young and influential artist and decides to change its policy in the next week.
UPDATED: Way to go, Taylor! Late last night, Apple’s Eddy Cue responded in a series of tweets and said that Apple will now pay artists during the three month trial period. That’s a great decision on the part of Apple, which can certainly afford to keep both customers and musicians happy.