Taylor Swift Changes the Music Industry with an Open Letter to Apple

Photo from rediff.com

Photo from rediff.com

Earlier this week, Taylor Swift used her social media once again to make a concrete difference in the lives of so many. This time, she held out a hand for the struggling musician. She picked a battle with Apple, and she won.

Apple Music’s new streaming service offers anyone who signs up a free 3-month trial. At first, this sounds like a great deal. The problem is that during this time, the musicians don’t make any money off of their music.

Taylor fought back against this policy in her Tumblr post, saying that she wouldn’t be sharing her album 1989 with this service. She went on to explain why:

“This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.”

The cool thing about this online review of Apple’s policy is that because of her incredible fame, Apple couldn’t ignore it. In fact, Apple responded, and the result is amazing. Below, you will find Apple’s tweeted response:

Although there has been some criticism about Taylor’s open letter to Apple, at the end of the day, she is making things better for musicians who are up-and-coming. This new policy means that she will also be making more money, but doesn’t she deserve it? Nothing is really “free”, and all of the hard work that goes into writing and producing music should not go unpaid, even if an artist is already well established.

Taylor said it best in the closing line of her post:
” We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

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