Apple Not Coercing Indie Artists Into Apple Music Deals With iTunes Removal Threats

brianjonestownmassacreEarlier this week, singer-songwriter Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre took to Twitter to rant about the Apple Music terms he had allegedly been offered by Apple, accusing the company of threatening to take his music off iTunes if he did not agree to the three-month free trial period that's been a sticking point with indie artists.

Calling Apple a "satanic corporation," (and mistakenly tweeting at an "Apple Official" Twitter account not run by Apple) Newcombe said Apple offered him a deal that required him to provide his music for free for three months, and when he asked what would happen if he refused, he was told his music would be removed from sale on iTunes.

Newcombe's claims have been circulating around the Internet for the last several days, and as of yesterday, they prompted a reply from Apple. An Apple representative spoke to Rolling Stone and said the company has not been threatening to remove artists' music from iTunes for refusing Apple Music deals. "It will not be taken off," said the representative.

Newcombe's representative did not respond to a request for comment following Apple's statement, but Newcombe has continued his tirade against Apple Music on Twitter.

Apple plans to offer consumers a three-month trial for Apple Music, but during that period, the company will pay no royalties or fees to artists and labels. Several indie labels have spoken out against the move, claiming the trial period will "literally put people out of business."

Following the free trial period, Apple will give labels a 71.5 percent split of subscription revenue in the United States and will pay out a slightly higher percentage outside of the U.S., but labels say the numbers do little to alleviate the sting of three months of no royalty payments at all.

Apple Music will launch in a week in a half, going live on June 30 as part of an upcoming iOS 8.4 update. The service will be free for the first three months, after which it will cost $9.99 for individuals and $14.99 for families up to 6.

Top Rated Comments

aaronvan Avatar
76 months ago
Get your facts straight before you sound-off on an uninformed Twitter rant.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Crosscreek Avatar
76 months ago
If Apple allows streaming of an Artist music then royalties should be paid.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Goldfrapp Avatar
76 months ago
All these indie crybabies are sickening me. Without Apple, they would be nothing.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Joehascol Avatar
76 months ago
Look at me I'm a hipster and I think that I have to earn money playing music just because I like to play music.
Look at me, I like to get paid for my work so I can feed my family and pay rent!

Just because you hate your job doesn't mean musicians have to.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Joehascol Avatar
76 months ago
All these indie cry babies are disgusting. Without Apple, they are nothing.
Trolling, I assume. If not, I have little hope for this forum.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stewy Avatar
76 months ago
All these indie cry babies are sickening. Without Apple, they would be nothing.
Stop apologizing for Apple, they have the money they should just pay the artists!

Do you work for free?
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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