Taylor Swift has lashed out at Apple’s plans to offer a free three-month trial of its music streaming service, writing: “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
She won't now be allowing her latest album, 1989, to be streamed via Apple's new service.
Artists will receive no remuneration for songs would-be clients listen to during the trial, and this has incensed Swift. She claims Apple’s goal of providing a paid-for streaming service is “beautiful progress”, but that it should revise its trial policy.
Swift said it wasn’t about her, but “about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success”.
In a post on tumblr, she wrote:
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.
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.