Taylor Swift and her record label, Big Machine, removed all of her old music off Spotify back in November 2014 and now the pop superstar is keeping her latest album, “1989,” off the new Apple Music streaming service.
Swift explains her reasoning in a Tumblr post where she praises Apple and the “ingenious minds” that have always dealt in “innovation and pushing the right boundaries.” But Swift objects to the 3-month free trial, which will mean writers, producers and artists will not be paid for those three months.
The singer says this isn’t about her — she’s on her fifth album and can support herself — but it’s about the new artists or the young songwriters who “will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs.”
“Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask
anyone to work for nothing,” Swift writes. “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.”
“But I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change
this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who
will be deeply and gravely affected by this,” the letter concludes. “We don’t ask you for free
iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no