Apple Taylor Swift vs. Apple (Cartoon)

    • Taylor Swift vs. Apple (Cartoon)
  • Ian HardyIan Hardy
    Community Manager

    You’ve probably read Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple about the upcoming Apple Music streaming service. Taylor stated:

    “I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. 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.”

    “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.”

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

    Well, Apple’s Eddy Cue quickly followed up and stated, “#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period.”

    The Joy of Tech captured this drama perfectly with its latest cartoon.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get why all of this only applies to her newest album. WHY WON’T YOU LET ME LISTEN, TAYLOR!

  • JTonJTon

    What the hell. I can’t believe Apple reversed their decision so swiftly (harhar). Obviously the royalty-free trial isn’t something Apple can decide in isolation. I mean, the copyright holders (distribution studios) must of blessed this. Were they really worried about a PR backlash?? I think there’s much more to this

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