Last week, when reports on Apple Music’s three-month free trail (or free music) period to subscribers went live, the innovative brand got a lot of slack. Why? Because if that service were to happen, during that 3-month trial period, artists wouldn’t get paid. Nuts, right?
Not taking this with a grain of salt, pop sensation Taylor Swift penned a passionate open letter to Apple saying:
We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out. We don’t ask you for free iPhones,” she added. “Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.
Not sure if T-Swift’s sentiments changed the brands plan for its streaming service, but now SVP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue confirmed via twitter late Sunday evening that Apple will now be paying artists during the trial period.
— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015