Sunday, June 21, 2015

Apple Music will not Pay Artists Royalties for the first Three Months

So, Apple Music sounds pretty awesome and I might take the plunge and order a subscription when it comes out. It's a streaming service, much like Spotify, but is promising more options. And I believe them somewhat because they're Apple and they get shit done.

However, they've been getting some push back, most notably from Taylor Swift - read her Tumblr post here, since they've announced they won't be paying royalties to artists for the first three months. This will be the users trial period and they will be getting the music essentially for free. It's a way for Apple to get more users initially for this product to make them look good - that's what it sounds like to me, at least. For some reason, Apple has a legal explanation for this that can enable them to get away with it, that is unbeknownst to me.

Apple Music is available June 30, 2015. If Apple doesn't play nice with the record companies and artists, this could finally be the moment where Apple gets their comeuppances. I'll be interested to see how this plays out.

Do you plan on getting Apple Music? Tell me in the comments what you think about it!

UPDATE: Apple has agreed to pay artists during free trial. Read more about details here.

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