Taylor Swift Ditches Apple Music And Its Zero-Royalties Trial

TechCrunch

Apple is acting greedy despite being one of the richest companies ever, and Taylor Swift is angry. When the Apple Music streaming service launches June 30th, users will get a three-month free trial. Yet rather than subsidizing that user acquisition cost from its enormous pile of cash, it plans to just not pay music rights holders any royalties. Taylor Swift says that’s why it won’t get to stream her hit-filled recent album.

The singer just published a bitter blog post (embedded below) on why she’s holding back ‘1989’, which includes blockbuster singles “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” (though you can stream her back catalogue). Swift says she’s got plenty of money, but missing three months of payouts could be tough for smaller musicians.

It’s the same reason that Beggars Group, which manages many independent artists, gave for its bands boycotting Apple Music. “We don’t ask you for…

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