Taylor Swift Changes Course for Apple Music

14 years ago, Apple launched iTunes. Their online music store revolutionized the way music was purchased by allowing users to purchase individual tracks rather than full albums. Some have credited iTunes with the destruction of most brick and mortar music stores. On June 30th, Apple will launch a new entry to the music world; Apple Music. The online streaming service will have a $10 subscription fee. Subscribers will be able to stream music, have access to an internet radio, and even use the service to discover up and coming talent. The service is expected to be a hit among apple users, but many musicians had issues with the business model.

According to Epoch Times, Apple is giving users a free trial period before they pay their first subscription fee, but the company had not planned to pay artists royalties during the trial period. Most artists were upset by his news. Taylor Swift took to tumblr to write an open letter to Apple about why she was upset, and why she would be withholding her latest album from the streaming service. Her letter found support from many others in the music world.

According to the New York Times the young star’s efforts were a resounding success. The lack of an album from one of the biggest pop stars in the country would have seriously hurt Apple’s newest product launch. The company has decided to change it’s policy regarding paying artists during the trial period as a result. Swift went to twitter to thank her fans for their support in the issue.

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