"We don't ask you for free iPhones" – Taylor Swift holds out on Apple Music
1989 will not be part of Apple Music's free trial
Taylor Swift has famously withheld her music back-catalogue from Spotify's music streaming service, taking objection to the poor treatment of musicians and writers. And now, Swift is opting to hold back her latest album, 1989 from Apple Music, the new streaming service from Apple.
In an open letter to Apple bosses, Swift explains that Apple's three month free trial is unfair on artists who will not be paid during this time:
"I'm sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free three 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."
She stresses that she is sticking up for all the new and powerless artists who can't speak for themselves, and urges Apple to reconsider this decision: "This is not about me....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." She finishes up by saying, "We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."
We love Swift for sticking up for the underdog. Do you think her plea will have any effect on Apple's decision?