Hours after Taylor Swift made clear her displeasure at Apples decision not to pay artists royalties during Apple Musics free three-month trial period, the tech giant has done an about-face.
Within a short time of the post going live, it seems Apple hurriedly convened a meeting of executives to discuss the musicians musings, with Cue responding via Twitter Sunday night. “#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period”
The executive added, “Apple will always make sure that artists are paid,” and in a final tweet, said: “We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple.”
In a Tumblr message posted Sunday, the mighty Swift had described Apple’s refusal to pay artists during the trial period as “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” adding, “Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.”
Swift was quick to respond to Apple’s change of heart, tweeting to her 60 million followers that she was “elated and relieved.”
Apple Music, which launches across more than 100 countries at the end of this month, is set to take on established music streaming services such as Spotify and Rdio.
Users will pay $10 a month, or $15 for a family of up to six people, with the three-month trial period giving anyone interested the chance to take the new service for a spin. Read more…