Taylor Swift Explains Why She Won't Put '1989' On Apple Music: 'We Don't Ask You For Free iPhones'

by Gina Vivinetto 10:29 AM PDT, June 22, 2015
Playing Taylor Swift Explains Why She Won't Put '1989' On Apple Music: 'We Don't Ask You For Free iPhones'

In response to Taylor Swift's open letter to Apple criticizing the company's three-month free trial offer for their streaming music service -- during which time the company would not be paying artists for music that gets streamed -- Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue took to Twitter on Sunday to tell Swift that he understands her complaints and that Apple has decided to change the way they pay and compensate artists.

Cue told The Hollywood Reporter that after the decision had been made, he personally called Swift -- who is on tour in Amsterdam -- to tell her about the changes and let her know that the company "heard her concerns."

Swift tweeted a celebratory message to her fans and her fellow artists, saying that she was "elated and relieved" that Apple "listened to us."

Fans wondering why Taylor Swift won't allow Apple Music to sell her 1989 album are finally getting the low-down from the singer herself.

In an open letter to Apple, which she posted Sunday on Tumblr, the 25-year-old singer breaks down her issues with the company's new music streaming service. In typical Taylor fashion, it's all about her looking out for the little guy.

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Though Taylor acknowledges that Apple is one of her "best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with fans," she takes issue with Apple Music's three-month free trial, which allows new users to to sample the service, because "any writers, producer or artists involved with the music streamed won't be paid during that time period."

Fans of the singer may recall this is pretty much the exact reason Taylor pulled her music from Spotify.

In her letter, Taylor insists this fight is not about her. "I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows," she writes. "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 the royalties would get them out of debt."

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"Three months is a long time to go unpaid," Taylor adds, urging Apple to change its policy.

She concludes her letter, "We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with with our music for no compensation."

And that is how you mic drop a note to Apple.

Just like we applaud Taylor for speaking her mind, we also applaud her ability to consistently surprise fans -- see what we mean in the video below.