Taylor Swift's Upcoming Album Won't Be Immediately Available on Apple Music and Other Streaming Services

Taylor Swift's new album "reputation" will not be available on streaming music services like Apple Music for at least a week after it launches, reports Bloomberg.

Swift's representatives began notifying streaming music services about the upcoming limitation this week. The album reportedly will not be available for streaming during the first week of sales, and companies are still negotiating to determine when exactly it might be made available.


"reputation" will be available for purchase in retail stores and online stores like iTunes starting on Friday, November 10. If there is a one week waiting period, it could become available on Apple Music starting on November 17.

Swift has been an outspoken streaming music critic, and back in 2015, she wrote a letter to Apple Music executives lambasting the service for initially refusing to pay royalties to artists during the three-month free trial period.


Apple changed its policies following her comments, leading to a closer relationship between Swift and the Apple Music team. For a time, Apple Music had exclusive rights to Swift's music catalog after she refused to make her music available on Spotify because of its free ad-supported tier.

"I think there should be an inherent value placed on art," she said at the time. Swift later reversed course and allowed her music on non-Apple Music services. With her refusal to release her new album on streaming music services at launch, Swift joins other artists like Adele who have made similar decisions. Adele's "25" was not available on streaming services for months after it launched.

At the current time, several singles from the new album are streamable on Apple Music, including "Look What You Made Me Do," "Gorgeous," "...Ready For It?" and "Call It What You Want." The full 15-track album can be pre-ordered on iTunes for $13.99.

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26 months ago
it'll probably be available via illegal torrent sites though
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26 months ago
THANK GOD!
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26 months ago
Who cares, her music is trash
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26 months ago
"At the current time, several singles from the new album, including "Look What You Made Me Do," "Gorgeous," "Ready For It?" and "Call It What You Want.""

Unfinished sentence there, methinks!
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26 months ago

I can't understand why people care if they have to wait a week, or even a month, more to listen to a new song or watch a new movie. Especially when the demand is artificially created. Release dates are arbitrarily set by the distributors/labels/studios based on what they believe will maximize their profits (which I don't necessarily begrudge them).

If you want to listen to or watch something new, and it isn't available *yet* through the services or means you normally use, just pretend it hasn't been released at all yet. After all, there's literally millions of other things to listen to and watch in the mean time. :rolleyes:

Having to have it NOW is the mentality that gives these shysters the power in the first place. Dear mindless pop-culture masses, stop giving them that power by exercising a modicum of patience.

That could literally apply to any category... music, movie, people camping out overnight for a phone, putting down a $1000 for a car they won't see for a year from now, etc. It has always been this way, it will always be this way. You're asking people to not be people.
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26 months ago
Awww what a shame!

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26 months ago
I’m surprised this isn’t standard procedure for all album launches. Sales first, streaming later. Much like theatrical movie releases vs home video vs streaming.
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26 months ago
It doesn't sound that swift to me.
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26 months ago

I’m surprised this isn’t standard procedure for all album launches. Sales first, streaming later. Much like theatrical movie releases vs home video vs streaming.

Indeed. The music industry made a huge mistake when they allowed the streaming services to stream individual songs on-demand/random-access for minuscule payouts. Streaming has long been waiting in the wings to replace radio, but the old tradeoff was, listen to a station/DJ and hope they play the song you want to hear (and get exposed to other songs along the way) or pay money to buy it and listen whenever you want. The microscopic payments would have worked for that, simply with streaming replacing airwaves as a delivery mechanism. But the music labels let the streaming services offer up unlimited-use random-access jukeboxes of all the music for one low price, and suddenly instead of radio play as an inducement to buy, we got streaming as an alternative to buying. And once you provide something so favorable to people like that they soon come to insist on it as a right, so it's going to be very hard to turn that boat around.

The music industry should look for ways to pull back a little, like holding albums as for-sale-only for a while before putting them up on streaming services. Imagine if all the Hollywood blockbusters were available on Netflix the same day they released in the theaters - people would like it, sure (and would soon insist that it had to be that way), but movie ticket sales would tank (which, in the long run, would lead to fewer big budget movies getting made).
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Who cares, her music is trash

Always with the hate, every time any article mentions any specific musician, people are in such a hurry to denigrate said artist's music. I don't care a flying leap what your opinions on music are. Likely most of the others here also don't care about your musical tastes either.

The issue at hand is about the ins and outs of the music streaming business.
Apple is in the music streaming business.
This site covers news about Apple.
You are reading this site of your own volition.
If you don't have anything to contribute about the business of music streaming, then shut up maybe?
Again, to be clear, we don't care whether or not you like her music.
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26 months ago
Wow. Does she do all of her own stunts?
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