June 21, 2015
Taylor Swift had some harsh words for Apple Music on Sunday.
In a post on her tumblr page, Swift explained why her hit album "1989" would not be available on the new music streaming service, criticizing Apple's decision to offer a free three-month trial period to subscribers.
She wrote that while she was financially capable of not getting compensated during that period and still paying her staff, it was other writers, producers, and artists who would suffer from the decision.
"These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child," Swift wrote. "These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call."
Swift continued that while she admired Apple as a company and understood that they are working toward paid streaming, three months was too long for artists not to receive compensation and urged the company to change its decision.
"We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation," she wrote.
Apple announced the launch of the new streaming service earlier this month. Apple Music will cost $9.99 a month after the are three-month free subscription period that Swift is referring to. The service will begin o June 30.