It was a dramatic day for online music fans on Monday.
First Taylor Swift announced – to her 59 million Twitter followers – that her fabulously successful album 1989 would not be on the new Apple Music service when it launches on June 30. Then within 24 hours Apple’s Eddy Cue – great name for a bigwig on a music streaming service huh? – said the company had changed its mind and would pay artists during the free three month trial period for new users.
It looked for all the world like a victory for Swift and music fans in general over a big mean corporate. We had injustice, protest, the self-sacrifice of a people’s champion, vindication, victory. Gushing media and famous people worldwide agreed.
— Corinne Bailey Rae (@CorinneBRae) June 22, 2015
Right on @taylorswift13 thx 4 flexing ur muscle in such a positive way. if all big artist band together they could change the industry
— LINDA PERRY (@RealLindaPerry) June 22, 2015
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) June 22, 2015
Thank you Matilda’s. Thank you Taylor Swift.
— Hilltop Hoods (@hilltophoods) June 22, 2015
Who knows, Swift might even write a song about it: if you stand up for what you believe in you can’t lose.
SOURCE: Peter Vincent
The Sydney Morning Herald