Taylor Swift is one of the biggest artists on the planet right now which is why it sent shockwaves throughout the music streaming industry when she decided to pull all of her music from Spotify, Swift maintains that such streaming services don’t adequately compensate artists which is why she has pulled her music. It was recently confirmed that her new album titled 1989 won’t be available on Apple Music and now Taylor herself has explained the reason behind this.
In a post titled “To Apple, Love Taylor” on her official Tumblr, the singer songwriter explains why she’s holding back her new album from Apple Music. She feels that this “deserves an explanation” because Apple “has been and will continue to be one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans.”
The reason behind 1989 not being available on the new music streaming service is Apple Music’s three month free trial for new users. Taylor says that Apple will not be paying artists, writers and producers for those three months, and she finds it to be “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”
While pointing out that this isn’t about her being compensated, it’s about the new artists or bands that have released their first work and will not be paid for those three months. Similarly for upcoming songwriters and producers who will miss out on those royalties. Taylor says that three months is a long time to go unpaid, “and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.”
She urges Apple with due respect to change this three month free trial policy, ending her post by saying “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”