In­die la­bel crit­i­cizes Ap­ple

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Au­gust Brown

Beg­gars Group, the in­de­pen­dent la­bel con­sor­tium that in­cludes es­teemed im­prints like XL, 4AD and Mata­dor, posted a state­ment to its web­site that lam­bastes Ap­ple’s new mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice for its roy­alty pol­icy, specif­i­cally the lack of roy­al­ties paid out dur­ing the free first three months.

Beg­gars’ state­ment was mea­sured in its crit­i­cism: “Ap­ple have been a won­der­ful part­ner for the last decade, and we con­fi­dently trust they will con­tinue to be so.”

But con­cerns per­sist, among them: that ma­jor la­bels and artists will be held to dif­fer­ent rules than in­die acts; that the free trial di­lutes the model of fan-paid ser­vice ver­sus an ad-sup­ported one; and that artists will sac­ri­fice rev­enue so Ap­ple can ex­pand in the mar­ket­place.

Beg­gars Group said that its lack of a deal with Ap­ple Mu­sic could mean that pop­u­lar and crit­i­cally ac­claimed acts like Vam­pire Week­end and The xx would be miss­ing from the ser­vice. But it also of­fered a pos­i­tive note, adding: “We very much hope that the ob­sta­cles to agree­ment can be re­moved.”

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