Taylor Swift has criticized Apple for launching its music streaming service with a free three-month trial. Swift has expressed her disappointment at the fact that Apple will not be paying artists during this trial period.
Her criticism came in a blog post dedicated to Apple, entitled "To Apple, Love Taylor." Taylor has decided to not make her new album, 1989, available for streaming on Apple. The album's launching took place earlier this month.
Swift wrote in her blog that she finds Apple's decision to not pay artists during the trial months as "shocking." She added that this was "disappointing" coming from a "generous" and "historically progressive" company.
Taylor Swift is one of the most successful and popular musicians in the world. Tyalor said that this was not about her, as she can always support herself through live show. Her intention is to help new artists who might be struggling to make money.
Swift wrote, "This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success."
Through her post, Taylor Swift has taken a stand for artists and their teams. She refers to herself as a spokesperson for everyone in her social circle who might be too afraid to speak up in public.
Swift talks about the respect and admiration everyone in her social circle has for Apple. Her intention is to use her position to take a stand for everyone else who can't do so for various reasons.
According to Taylor, three months is a long time to go unpaid. It is unfair to expect someone to work without any compensation.
Alongside criticism, Swift has also expressed her respect for Apple. She wrote that Apple is one of her best partners for selling music. She added that Apple creates ways for her to connect with her fans.
Taylor Swift wrote that she is aware that Apple is working hard to convert trial memberships into paid accounts. But Apple has the money to pay writers, artists, and producers, even during the trial period.
She also said, "We don't ask you for free iPhones." Hence, it is unfair to ask artists and their team to provide music without compensation.
Apple Music is launching on June 30. Individual memberships will cost $9.99 per month. Family memberships will cost $14.99.
In a recent turn of events, Apple has responded back, agreeing to pay artists even during the trial period.
[Photo By: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment]