Do not underestimate the power of Taylor Swift. She spoke and even the most powerful of companies listened. Within 24 hours, after Swift voiced her concerns about not getting paid for royalties during Apple’s trial period on their new music streaming service, an Apple Executive responded immediately and vowed to make a change to their policy.
Taylor Swift withheld her “1989” album from the Apple Music Service (Apple Music) which is to go live worldwide on June 20th because it stated that it will not pay royalties during the trial period.
“We don’t ask you for free iPhones,” she said. And then added, “Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
Mr. Ben Cue, responded that they will now pay for all music publishers during the trial period:
We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple
— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015
After which, Taylor Swift tweeted:
I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 22, 2015
Another victory for the pop super star.