Taylor Swift Says Apple Music Free Trial is ‘Shocking, Disappointing’ in Blog Post [u]



Taylor Swift has just posted an open letter to Apple entitled “To Apple, Love Taylor” explaining why she is holding back her latest album, 1989, from the new Apple Music streaming service.

“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.”

Swift, who calls Apple one of her biggest partners in selling her music, says that while she is able to take care of herself and her brand with the money she makes from live shows, indie artists do not have that same luxury.

The artist understands that Apple is working towards a goal of a paid streaming service and that Apple Music could be the first service to get it right in her eyes. However, Swift also points out that Apple is a very successful company and could afford to pay artists, writers, and producers during the three-month free trial. She ends her blog post by asking Apple to reconsider its policy.

“But I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Apple Music will launch on June 30 as a part of an upcoming iOS 8.4 update. After the service’s free three-month trial it will cost users $9.99 per month or $14.99 per month which supports a family of six.

Update: Apple has swiftly announced it will now pay artists during the three-month free trial period.


  • Jer

    How is this free trail shocking???… Every streaming service gives a free trial, so why hasn’t these artists complained about that??

  • ShaBi

    Because 3 months is quite a long time? Most free trails are in days, but this is in months. Plus, what else can bring more “positive” publicity than going against the “bully” that is Apple these days?

  • Ronin

    The difference is that some streaming services actually PAY their artists during the free trial. Free trial for those services is usually only 30 days or less. I would much rather Apple drop their monthly price in half ($4.99), with a 30 day trial.

  • hub2

    If this is true, and not just Taylor Swift mis-interpreting the terms of the 3 month free trial… it is absolutely unforgivable, will become a PR disaster, and tarnish the Apple Music brand before it even launches.

    I mean, they paid *how* many billions of dollars for the overpriced Beats band?

    And they just *gave* away how many Apple products to pay off that “ransom” to multi-millionaire ball players?

  • #1. Why is she still complaining, when they announced her new album won’t be there because of her dispute. Move on mrs. Swift.

    #2. The following this large 3 month trial will bring will likely have a huge reward once everyone gets kicked over to the payment cycle 3 months later.

    It would be funny if Apple removes all her music from the Apple Music service halfway through the trial because she’s so against it. Taylor Swift would likely be kicking herself when seeing other fellow artists who weathered the storm make a conciderable profit.

  • I somewhat agree, however Apple has the golden touch. Anything Apple puts there name on is normally a huge success, they just have that brand recognition. The fact that I’d imagine every single iPhone and other iOS users will be prompted with this Apple Music service shortly after it launches is immediate advertising for every single Apple user. Even the people who live under rocks and never surf tech sites for news will know about this service. It’ll have a massive following that’ll likely top most other streaming services right out the gate. I don’t think you’ll hear any artists complaining after that.

    The media shouldn’t take the tears of a few artists so seriously. There’s always going to be whining from people no matter what a company does in any field. This isn’t their only source of income, they just need to weather the storm, or simple not sell their music on iTunes or Apple Music and lose 50% of their income because they want to take a stand. It’ll pay off greatly in the end.

  • Biggy604

    This is the same Taylor Swift whi also compalined about not making money off of Spotify and send a cease and desist letter to them to remove her music from their catalog lol

  • johnnygoodface

    I just read this: ”
    Eddy Cue says Apple Music will pay artists for streaming, even during free trial”…

  • Update: Apple says it will now pay artists during the free trial. Swift wins:

  • Yeah, pretty much this. Taylor Swift’s opinion only matters to her “Swiftians” or whatever she calls her fans. Outside of that she’s just another formulaic Disney-esque kid pop queen-of-the-moment. I’m sure she’ll write a song about it soon.

  • Tim

    Musicians should stop complaining. Apple’s move will likely add a huge number of users to the world of paid streaming, resulting in a net win for artists.

  • Anon

    The funny thing is, a giant 700 Billion can easily eat the costs for those 3 months and pay the starving artists. It’s a microscopic drop in the bucket. The fact that they are now rescinding on that now, and trying to do damage control to prevent a stock drop is hilarious.