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Taylor Swift Explains Why ‘1989’ Won’t Be Part of Apple Music

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Taylor Swift has taken another stand for the music community by explaining why she’s decided to not make 1989 available on Apple Music.

The “Bad Blood” singer shared her thoughts on the latest music subscription service, which launches on June 30, in a Tumblr post entitled, To Apple, Love Taylor. She believes that offering new users a three-month trail is “shocking” and “disappointing” because it means that members of the music industry will be taking a financial hit from this.

“I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months,” she wrote on Sunday (June 21). “I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”

While she explains that this won’t really affect her personally as an artist, Taylor is speaking for those who are just getting their music heard and becoming stars themselves.

She wrote, “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.”

And Taylor isn’t the only one with concerns regarding the royalties that Apple Music will be taking away form musicians. “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,” she explained.

Taylor acknowledges and is grateful for the great partnership she has had with Apple and iTunes. However, she feels that the free trial isn’t fair to those who are creating the music and need to make money off of it. At the end of the post, she makes a plea for Apple to change its policy.

“We don’t ask you for free iPhones,” she ended the post. “Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

You can read Taylor’s full post here.

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