From Business Insider:
In response to mounting criticism of her decision to snub Apple Music, Taylor Swift has posted a letter explaining her boycott on Sunday.
She writes Apple Music’s decision to not pay musicians any royalties for its three-month free trial period is “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”
She says her not being part of Apple Music isn’t just about her — it’s about protecting new artists “who will not be paid for its success,” she writes.
She continues: “Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done. I hope that soon I can join them in the progression towards a streaming model that seems fair to those who create this music. I think this could be the platform that gets it right.”
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Apple plans to pay music owners 71.5% of Apple Music’s subscription revenue after the trial period, Recode reports. Robert Kondrk, one of the Apple executives who negotiates music deals, explained to Recode that “Apple’s payouts are a few percentage points higher than the industry standard, in part to account for the lengthy trial period; most paid subscription services offer a free one-month trial.”
Link to the rest at Business Insider and thanks to Suzie for the tip.
UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has backed off its plan not to pay royalties to artists during the three-month free period after the protest of Taylor Swift. Link to the article at The Wall Street Journal (Link may expire)