Swift change of tune
APPLE has bowed to concerns from artists, including Taylor Swift, and will pay royalties during a free trial period of its new streaming music service.
Hours after the pop superstar criticised the tech company in an open letter online, Apple announced it would pay royalties to artists and record labels for music played during the free, three-month trial.
“When I woke up this morning and I saw Taylor’s note she had written. It really solidified that we needed to make a change,” Apple senior vicepresident Eddy Cue said. Apple had agreed to share revenue from paid subscriptions to the new Apple Music service. But Swift, above, said she would withhold her latest album from the service because Apple wasn’t planning to pay artists.