Apple will pay for Independent Labels and Artists for Music on its New Streaming Service
After facing criticism from Taylor Swift and other artists, Apple has decided to reverse its early policy. Now, it will pay independent labels and artists on its new streaming service during its three-month free trial period.
Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue said that he read a Taylor's note and it made him think that there is a need to make change. Apple has made certain changes in which it has agreed to share revenue from paid subscriptions.
But Swift said that she will withhold her latest album from the service as Apple was not planning to pay artists and labels directly for using their music during the streaming service's free introductory period.
Swift has written an open letter and posted it on her Tumblr page, under the head, 'To Apple, Love Taylor'. Swift said, "We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation".
In return, Cue said they have heard Swift. To which, Swift said that she is happy and relieved that that company has listened to them. She also thanked everyone who has supported them.
The singer-songwriter was not the only one when it came to protesting Apple's policy of not paying royalties during the free trials.
Apple Music will be launched on June 30. It will charge $9.99 a month for the access of the 30 million songs. But for first three months, the service will be free.
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