Swift Power: Apple Decides to Pay Artists During 3-Month Free Trial After Singer’s Missive

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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.

Well done @taylorswift13 for standing up for artists – and well done Apple for listening http://t.co/7Y6HejwtSE

— 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.

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SOURCE: Peter Vincent
The Sydney Morning Herald

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