Apple Denies It Bullied Musicians for Apple Music Deals


Earlier this week Anton Newcombe, frontman of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, unleashed his fury on Twitter against Apple and its decision not to pay royalties to musicians during the initial three-month trial period of the soon-to-be-launched streaming service Apple Music. In a series of tweets, he called Apple a “satanic corporation” after threatening to remove the band’s music from the iTunes Store if they didn’t play according to the above rules. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Apple denies such allegations.

An Apple spokesperson says that if an artist doesn’t want to sign up for its new music streaming service, “it will not be taken off”.
We already knew that Apple wouldn’t pay a dime to artists during the three-month trial period, but Newcombe’s allegations could hurt the company’s reputation. Meanwhile, Apple is preparing to launch the service on June 30, with Canada remaining on the waiting list, as the official page says, “coming soon”.

Of course, launching such a service involves tons of negotiations, Eddy Cue emphasized, speaking with Rolling Stone. Jimmy Iovine shed some light on other issues:

“A lot of artists are confused,” he said. “If you get 100 million streams on a song and you’re only being paid on 20 percent, the check’s not going to look good. The money’s not going to look fair.”

Eddy Cue also addressed concerns raised about whether consumers will agree to shell out $120 per year to listen to music instead of owning it:

“People will pay for great services,” he said. “They said they wouldn’t pay 99 cents for a song but they did. We’ve always believed that. When you go to work, you don’t work for free; nobody works for free. Nobody can say, ‘I want to work for free.’ Nobody says that.”

Apple Music will kick off on June 30 in 100 countries. You ready?

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  • raslucas

    Read the Tweet eh? They seem to think that for the first three months Apple is somehow making money from a free trial… That free trial is consumer-bait to get us hooked on the service. After the trial is over, the Musicians actually receive more money than from other services…. Musicians should stick to what they are good at.

  • Apple is huge, this free 3 months is going to bring an overwhelming amount of people to the service. The fact that it’s built directly into the apple products in question, everyone will see this service and there’s no need to advertise it.

    Once the 3 months is over, I could see Apple ringing in as the most profitable streaming service in the world months after the trial ends.

    I highly doubt a tweet from some nobody with a band is going to ruin the reputation Apple has rolled up for this launch of Apple music.

  • raslucas

    I agree with Tom Gray, watch the overall musicians’ profits rise after that first three months ( for the first time in a while if I’m not mistaken ) and a small handful of artists that didn’t sign in be baffled about why they have to fly first class instead of in their own private jet.