Apple To Pay Artists During Apple Music Free Trial Following Taylor Swift Shellacking
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While the company hasn't made an official announcement, Apple's SVP Eddy Cue took to Twitter to spread the good news. He even gives a nod to the title of Swift's letter title, saying: "We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple".
#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015
Not surprisingly, Swift was relieved to hear the news, and I'm sure she's not alone. It seems as though she singlehandedly made it so that every single artist available on Apple Music -- big or small -- will get paid during that free trial period. If any artists out there weren't a fan of Swift before, their tune may change now (pun intended).
I don't think it can be understated just how fast the events transpired here. For something non-critical, Apple responded ridiculously fast - before the day was even through. It's not as though this was a small decision, so kudos must be given to Apple for tackling the issue without delay.
I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 22, 2015
This move doesn’t necessarily mean that Swift's 1989 album will be available on Apple Music during the free trial period, but it should give her fans some hope that a deal can be reached.