Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Will Be on Apple Music in Time for Launch

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Taylor Swift’s latest album “1989” will be on Apple Music when the subscription service launches next week. Swift said on Twitter Thursday that she agreed to let Apple distribute the album after the company changed course on royalty payments for the service’s three-month free trial:

Apple initially didn’t plan to pay rights holders for the use of their music during the free trial period, a decision that was widely criticized by independent labels and musicians. This past weekend, Swift joined the chorus of critics, announcing that she was going to withhold “1989” from Apple Music.

Apple reacted by changing course in a very public way, with executive Eddy Cue taking to Twitter to announce that the company would pay for the use of music even during those first three months. This helped the company to strike 11th-hour deals with thousands of independent labels and their trade organizations — and now Swift as well.

“1989” is currently not available on any other paid streaming service — Swift decided to pull her entire catalog from Spotify to make a point against the company’s ad-supported streaming tier. However, she said Thursday that Apple didn’t buy exclusive rights to the album.

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    1. cy12 (@cy12) says:

      Being paid for the trail period is not a victory. The whole industry dynamic has to change. We have multiple streamng platforms, all well funded. Why are they not all bidding for the most popular names? why is Appple not bidding for the Tylor Swift license against other platforms? these we platforms like Youtube, Spotify and the like have become billion dollar corporations based on content they have never paid for properly, using a model that allows them to get away with it. Unacceptable. Whats the difference between a Commercial radio station, TV broadcaster and a web platform? both are businesses in it to nae money. Why do web platforms have an exception? they should have to bid for the most popular content which they need, just like all other media businesses.

    2. billyj79 says:

      Taylor has shown great character with her position on this issue & standing up for the indie artist’s who have no power when trying to deal with mega-corporations. 2 Thumbs up Taylor!

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