Taylor Swift Posts Open Letter to Apple, Calls Apple Music Free Trial 'Shocking, Disappointing'

Taylor Swift has written an open letter to Apple explaining why she has decided to not release her album ‘1989’ on the company’s new streaming service. She starts off the letter by praising Apple as being one her “best partners” in selling music and creating ways for her to connect to her fans.

The singer has not written the letter for her benefit. Instead, the letter is about all the young indie music producers, singers, and writers, whose songs Apple will be playing on its streaming service for free during the trial period without paying them a dime.
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.
Swift praises Apple’s goal of working towards a paid streaming music service, but urges the Cupertino company to pay indie artists for the initial three months — as they have the money to pay them — even though the service will be completely free for consumers.
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.
The singer concludes her letter to Apple by asking them to change their policy, as there is still time.

We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.

[Via Taylor Swift]


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