Popular musician, Taylor Swift, has a blog post up about why she will not be involved with Apple’s music streaming service for now. Hear the crux of the matter in her own words:
I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.
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.
Splendid argument. I have never been on the side of those who want anyone to work for free. It’s rubbish. People spend years in school, spend money to develop themselves, as well as to acquire skills and knowledge, also spend money to produce and create good stuff – and then they are asked to work for free? Rubbish.
It is even more nauseating in this case because everyone knows that Apple is insanely rich and can pay these people. Whatever brand of capitalism this is, it stinks.
Anyway, a few more gems from Taylor’s blogpost:
Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.
And the clincher:
We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.
Taylor Swift is bae!
Go read the full blog post on Taylor’s Tumblr.
Psst: According to the BBC, subsequent to Taylor’s post, Apple has backed down and agreed to pay all parties. Hurray! One person taking a stand can make a difference.