Indie label criticizes Apple
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.”