Taylor Swift's Open Letter Forces Apple Music To Pay Royalties

Bad blood avoided.

Taylor Swift is just 25, but already wields a mighty level of influence in the music world. Not long after the debut of her most recent album, 1989, she kept it from Spotify because she didn't support the streaming giant's model. Now, with Apple Music's debut just days away, Swift's power has forced Apple to pay royalties to artists for the free trail period of its new streaming service.

In her letter, Swift said the initial decision not to pay musicians during the free three-month trial period of Apple Music was "shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company." She closed the note with a potent jab directed straight at the Silicon Valley tech company: "We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."

Less than 24 hours later, Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue responded in a series of tweets that "Apple Music will pay artist for streaming, even during customer's free trial period," even adding, "When I woke up this morning and I saw Taylor's note that she had written, it really solidified that we needed to make a change."

So there you have it. Taylor Swift, the noted musician, park model and generous donor can now add "lead negotiator for musicians" to her resume. You have to respect that kind of clout.


T-Swift tweeted out her appreciation of fans and Apple for their quick action:


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