Taylor Swift Snubs Apple Music, Sticks With Struggling Tidal

Several reports are claiming that Taylor Swift is snubbing Apple Music. The 25-year-old pop singer doesn’t want her new music on Apple’s streaming service. That means Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, won’t be available on Apple Music.

Swift’s reps confirmed to BuzzFeed that she doesn’t have plans to include her new album on Apple Music. In fact, Swift’s best-selling album isn’t available on any subscription streaming service except for Rhapsody and Rdio. Even though she left Spotify for Tidal, she still hasn’t made her new album available on the streaming service. Sounds like she snubbed both Apple Music and Tidal. Fans will still have to purchase Swift’s album on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Music. However, Swift’s back catalog will be available on Apple Music and other competing streaming services that don’t offer a free tier like Spotify.

According to Taylor’s reps, there are no plans to release 1989 to any free streaming service in the near future, even though her album has reached record sales. This strategy is certainly working in Taylor’s favor. Her album sold over five million copies since its release in November 2014, according to the report. In fact, 1989 earned the title of the best-selling album of 2014 and 2015.

Swift previously made headlines when she removed her entire music catalog from Spotify last fall before the release of her new album. During her interview with Time magazine in November last year, Swift explained the reason why she pulled her discography.

“On Spotify, they don’t have any settings, or any kind of qualifications for who gets what music. I think that people should feel that there is a value to what musicians have created, and that’s that.”

It was previously assumed that Swift’s 1989 album would be available on Apple Music. The new service already has Drake’s approval. During the Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Drake told the audience as to how Apple Music benefits musicians.

“Focus on your body of work. Instead of having to post your stuff on these different and sometimes confusing places, it’s all in one place.”

Kanye West is also reportedly in talks with Apple Music. The rapper may also include his full music catalog, including his new album, which is set to release sometime later this year.

Now reports are saying that Apple Music could save the sinking ship that is Tidal. In fact, it could make online streaming music hip and cool once again. With Apple Music’s launch in June, it could bring customers to Tidal and other competing streaming services. That could also mean even more paid customers and free listeners for Spotify.

What are your thoughts on Taylor Swift reportedly snubbing Apple Music? Do you think not having 1989 available makes it difficult for fans? Do you think it doesn’t matter since the singer’s album is still ruling the charts? Share your thoughts below in the comments section.

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