Apple caves in to Taylor Swift

Apple announced they will be paying artists during the free first three months of their new streaming service. They announced the news via Twitter from Senior Vice President Eddy Cue.

The company had been receiving pressure from various artists, and most vocal among them was Taylor Swift. Proving the power of the internet once again, Swift announced on her blog that she would not stream her album, 1989, on Apple’s new service unless artists were paid royalties during the trial.

Swift claimed that new artists were the ones that she was doing this for since they would be the ones to suffer the most and could least afford to “work for free for three months.”

While Taylor Swift has not yet revealed if she has reversed her decision to not stream her album on Apple, others were quick with their endorsements of the change.

"Apple listened to our community and then revised its music service agreement, demonstrating that it is committed to treating fairly all creators – labels, artists and songwriters," said Darius Van Arman, co-founder of independent label Secretly Group.

Other criticisms of the streaming service includes people wary of allowing companies the rights to their music libraries. Who is to say in ten or twenty years from now that Apple or Spotify wouldn’t wipe out your entire music collection? Is trading convenience over permanence worth that risk? Many people feel like it is, although it is still a concern to artists and music lovers alike.

Apple Music will start at the end of June of 2015. Subscribers will have access to a large catalog of songs for a subscription fee of $10 a month after the three month trial is up.

 

 

 

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