Taylor Swift wins: Apple will pay artists royalties during free Apple Music trial

Taylor Swift wins: Apple will pay artists royalties during free Apple Music trial


Less than a day after Taylor Swift criticised the company for not paying royalties during the three months free trial period of its upcoming Apple Music service, Apple has decided to reverse the decision and will pay royalties during those three months.

Eddy Cue, the Senior VP of Internet Software and Services, tweeted the news of the backflip, saying that they love Taylor Swift and indie musicians.

While Apple will give at least 70 percent of its subscription revenue to music labels, the previous plan was going to see Apple not paying any royalties during the three months trial period. It would have compensated the labels with the future payouts, which apparently are a few percentage higher than the industry standard.

“These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. 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,” Taylor Swift wrote.

“Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.”

Artists applaud Swift over letter

While some people have been critical about Taylor Swift’s position regarding Apple Music, many musicians have praised Swift over publicly calling out Apple over the royalties issue.



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