Apple Reverses Policy on Apple Music, Will Pay Artists During Free Trial Period

Apple Reverses Policy on Apple Music, Will Pay Artists During Free Trial Period

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Apple has reversed course on its controversial policy asking artists to foot the bill for Apple Music's three month free trial.

The decision follows an open letter to Apple from Taylor Swift saying, "We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."

Apple SVP Eddy Cue took to Twitter moments ago to announce the company's shift in policy:

Apple will always make sure that artist are paid #iTunes #AppleMusic

#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period

We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple


Notably, as part of its deal with labels, Apple had agreed to pay out higher percentages of Apple Music’s subscription revenue than industry standard. It's unclear if this decision will mean a change to those percentages.

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Apple Reverses Policy on Apple Music, Will Pay Artists During Free Trial Period

Apple Reverses Policy on Apple Music, Will Pay Artists During Free Trial Period
Great! - June 23, 2015 at 4:25am
Apple should have thought of this from the start. Or did they? Which is more plausible? Apple not thinking or that this is all just an Apple and Taylor Swift marketing stunt?
Aldo - June 22, 2015 at 10:57pm
I remember Spotify and Tidal and Amazon and Netflix all giving away free trials. Nobody batted an eyelid then. Why the big hoohaa when it's Apple?
Dumb isheep - June 23, 2015 at 4:13am
becuz Spotify, Netflix, and Amazon paid the copyright owners even during the free trial While Apple doesnt want to. thats the BIG difference
Aldo - June 25, 2015 at 9:44am
I genuinely didn't know that. If this is true, do have any proof of this?
Where da steve - June 22, 2015 at 8:53pm
Although Apple made a right decision, i dont think they can cover their shameful comments from previous artists. Its surprising to see how Apple didnt think of these problems in the first place. Not paying artists during their free trials? Free trial is just a promo offer for their music services. Not for the artists. Man their shares will be hit hard again with this crap.
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