Taylor Swift to put ‘1989’ on Apple Music after Apple dispute

The singer has withheld her music from the service in a dispute

Taylor Swift has had a change of heart about allowing 1989, her latest album, to stream on Apple Music when it launches worldwide June 30th.

The singer announced the news in a series of tweets on Thursday (June 25th), just four days after her public dispute with the company.

On Father’s Day (June 21st), the singer wrote an open letter to Apple, the world’s largest music retailer, asking them to change their practices of not paying artists, publishers, songwriters, etc., during the free three month trial.

“I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service,” the singer writes. “I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”

That letter was heard loud and clear from the company’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, Eddie Cue, as he took action later that night and agreed to compensate artists during the free three month trial period.

“When I woke up this morning and read Taylor’s note, it really solidified that we need to make a change,” Cue told the New York Times late Sunday (June 22nd). “I did let her know that we heard her concerns and made the change.”

Apple Music is the only streaming service that will be offering 1989, 2014’s (and so far) 2015’s best selling album with shipments of over five million copies.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.