Swift penned an 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.
"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."
Apple took notice of Swift's letter. On Sunday, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, tweeted to the "Shake It Off" singer that the company had decided to change the way they pay and compensate artists. "We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple," Cue wrote in multiple tweets. “#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period.”
"I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today," Swift responded. "They listened to us."