UPDATE: Earlier today we reported that Taylor had written an open letter to Apple explaining that she will not be giving them the rights to stream her music for free in protest of the struggling/indie artists who will suffer financially as a result of the move.
It has now been revealed that Apple has decided they will be paying all artists, writers, and producers for their music during the three month free trial period.
Eddie Cue, Apple’s head of Internet Software and Services tweeted Taylor after her letter was posted on her Tumblr after having a change of heart;
To which Taylor replied;
What a game changer! This girl is a FORCE.
If you ever need some tips on how to be totally upfront about an issue, but still do it with 100% class, see Taylor Swift.
After the news that Apple will be providing an unlimited online streaming music service similar to Spotify for $9.99 a month which includes a free three-month trial, Taylor has written an open letter on her Tumblr page to address a few problems on her list, titled, “To Tumblr Love Taylor” to explain why she will be holding back her music from the streaming service.
As a disclaimer, Taylor reiterated the fact that the letter was not about her, and stated that “these are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child.”
This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. **This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.
Her point is so valid.
In the lengthy letter, T-Swizzle gets the point across that she is speaking on behalf of the artists who are “afraid to speak up” due to the major role Apple plays in connecting people with music.
Taylor has been very vocal in the past about companies who don’t pay artists royalty fees, like Spotify, from where she very publically withdrew her “life’s work”, explaining to Yahoo Music, “I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music. And I just don't agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free."
Once again, Taylor’s #nailedit.