Taylor Swift Denounces The New Apple Music Streaming Service
Taylor Swift thinks that Apple Music’s new streaming service at $9.99 a month – similar to a Netflix to music type of deal – is unfair to musicians.
Swift took to her Tumblr to write an “open letter” to Apple, admonishing them for this new business move. She thinks that the free trial period especially, in which artists, writers and producers will go unpaid, is a “shocking, disappointing” move by Apple.
Here is an excerpt from her Tumblr letter:
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 will not offer any of her music on this service, and has the same principles for the online music service behemoth Spotify.