Taylor Swift has announced that her latest album will not be made available on Apple Music. The announcement comes just weeks after the new streaming service was announced by Apple. Swift has argued that streaming services do not value the musician or their talents, and has argued, in the past, for better treatment of recording artists.
Swift’s refusal to be included in the streaming product’s launch is directly related to Apple’s decision to withhold compensation. According to reports, Apple has refused to offer artist compensation in the first three months of the products release. The company will be offering Apple Music free to all iPhone owners for a three-month trial period. Apple argues that because they will not be making money from the streaming service during the trial period, compensation to artists is unnecessary.
Fans at FreedomPop know that last year Swift rallied against Spotify, another streaming service. Royalty disputes led Swift to have her music removed from the service. No Taylor Swift albums or songs are available on the app. Swift has also pulled her most recent album from all streaming service providers.
Swift is not the only artist who has found the lack of compensation objectionable. Several other artists have commented on Apple Music’s launching strategy, arguing that the company can more than afford to compensate artists for their work, even before paid customers are signed up.