Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Taylor Swift's Apple letter update

Photo from: Haven Middleton's Pinterest account

Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to Apple on Sunday, which she posted on her Tumblr account. The letter outlined Swift's dissatisfaction with the way Apple Music conducts its free three month trial. Swift's issue is that "any writers, producers or artists involved with the music streamed won't be paid during that time period".

In the letter the pop starlet insists that this is not about her. "This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought the royalties would get them out of debt. Three months is a long time to go unpaid. We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music with no compensation" the 25-year-old wrote.

Swift's words seemed to have worked, because Apple's Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue took to Twitter to tell the Shake It Off singer that he understands her issues and that Apple has decided to change the way they pay and compensate artists. "#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customers free trial period" Cue tweeted. Cue personally called Swift to let her know of the changes, so the singer tweeted a celebratory message to her fans and fellow artists "I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us" she tweeted. 

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