The singer has explained why she’ll be holding back her album '1989' from Apple Music in a no holds barred open letter.
Taylor Swift has criticised Apple’s new streaming service ‘Apple Music’ in a lengthly open letter posted on the singer’s personal Tumblr page. In the letter Swift attacks Apple for its decision not to pay artists royalties during the three-month free trial of its new streaming service. It’s not the first time the singer has hit out against streaming companies as last year she famously pulled all of her music from Apple's rival Spotify.
Don’t expect to hear Taylor Swift’s 1989 on Apple Music anytime soon.
Swift begins the letter, titled ‘To Apple love Taylor’, by telling fans she wishes to explain why she’ll be holding back her million selling album, 1989, from Apple Music. “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,” Swift begins.
“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.”
The 25 year old goes on to say her decision is not a selfish one, as thankfully she is on her fifth album and can support herself, band, crew, and her entire management team by playing live shows.
“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 writes. “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.”
“These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child," Swift continues. "These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call."
The singer ends by telling Apple she believes it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. “We don’t ask you for free iPhones,” Swift concludes. “Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
Swift isn’t the only one so far to hit out at Apple for this policy. Independent record labels have also been calling out the company, saying they’re the most likely to suffer and be affected by the free three month trial, as it could cause them to loose revenue.
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