Apple Reverses Course, Will Pay Artists During Apple Music Free Trial

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Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, posted on Twitter tonight in response to concerns that Apple would not be paying artists during the three month free trial of Apple Music. Cue wrote that Apple will now be paying artists during the initial free trial of Apple Music, in a reversal from their previous policy.

The most vocal criticism came earlier today from Taylor Swift, who argued that many indie artists would suffer under the plan. Cue responded specifically to Swift on Twitter and, according to
Apple Music will launch on June 30 as part of an upcoming iOS 8.4 update. After the service's free three-month trial it will cost $9.99 per month for individuals and $14.99 a month for families up to 6.

Update 4:30 AM PT: Cue confirmed to Re/code's Peter Kafka that Apple Music will pay rights holders an undisclosed amount on a per-streaming basis during the free trial period. Swift tweeted that she is "elated and relieved" about the change of course, although Cue told multiple publications that she has not yet agreed to stream top-selling album "1989" through Apple Music.

Cue also told BuzzFeed News reporter John Paczkowski that "Taylor Swift's tweet today solidified the issue for us" and "we decided to make a change." Paczkowski says that all artists will be paid during the free trial period, although deals with publishers already on board with Apple Music stand. Cue personally called Swift to inform her of the decision and said "she was thrilled to hear from us."

Top Rated Comments

AppleFan115 Avatar
77 months ago

Eddy get the wallet out.
Score: 142 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rock6079 Avatar
77 months ago
Reverses course? What if they did that from the beginning?
Then it wouldn't be reversing course.
Score: 100 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PowerBook-G5 Avatar
77 months ago
Great for artists.

By the way, this is the shortest MacRumors article I've seen in years. Short and to the point. I like it.
Score: 67 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Robert M. Avatar
77 months ago
Well, they shut that down quick. Good for them. What's a few million in royalties to a billion dollar company? Now let's see if T. Swift does her part by placing 1989 on Apple Music.
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BtradI1 Avatar
77 months ago
Should have just paid them in the first place...
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JanoschR Avatar
77 months ago
Should have just paid them in the first place...
Everyone should do everything right in the first place...
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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