Taylor Swift Slams Apple Music: We Don’t Ask You for Free iPhones

Taylor Swift Slams Apple Music: We Don’t Ask You for Free iPhones

Singer Taylor Swift has sent a sharp open letter to Apple on Sunday because the company is offering its users a free trial period for which the musicians will not get paid. The letter sparked the old controversy about fair compensation of musicians for their work. Swift previously said she would not release her “1989” album on Apple Music which launches at the end of this month. She did, however, say that the company is “pushing the right boundaries.”

“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,” write Swift.

This is not the first time Swift has pulled her music out of a public music service – she did the same at Spotify in November last year. In her open letter she says that her appeal does not concern her given she has her fifth album out and is able to support herself and all the people involved in production and tour organization. The letter is, as she says, about young artists that have come out with their first work but are not able to cover steep costs of production because their music is being offered for free.

It remains to be seen how Apple will react to this sharp criticism.

Photo attribution: Clarence Ji




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