The singer’s open letter has caused Apple to change its policy on artists’ royalties head of its three-month trail period.
When Taylor Swift speaks even Apple takes notice. Yes, following an open letter from the singer to Apple over the weekend the company has announced it will be paying royalties to artists during the three-month trial period of its new streaming service, Apple Music.
Taylor Swift has taken on Apple and won.
Eddy Cue, a senior executive at Apple Music made the announcement on Twitter, writing ‘Apple will always make sure that artist are paid. #AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period. We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple.’
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The singer has explained why she’ll be holding back her album '1989' from Apple Music in a no holds barred open letter.
Taylor Swift has criticised Apple’s new streaming service ‘Apple Music’ in a lengthly open letter posted on the singer’s personal Tumblr page. In the letter Swift attacks Apple for its decision not to pay artists royalties during the three-month free trial of its new streaming service. It’s not the first time the singer has hit out against streaming companies as last year she famously pulled all of her music from Apple's rival Spotify.
Don’t expect to hear Taylor Swift’s 1989 on Apple Music anytime soon.
Swift begins the letter, titled ‘To Apple love Taylor’, by telling fans she wishes to explain why she’ll be holding back her million selling album, 1989, from Apple Music. “I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free three month trial to anyone who signs up for the service,” Swift begins.
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Her hardline stance on streaming will be extended to the brand new streaming service which launches on June 30th.
Taylor Swift is set to give a big snub to Apple Music when it launches officially at the end of the month, with reports emerging that the singer will not be making her current album 1989 available to the new streaming service.
Swift became the most prominent advocate of the non-Spotify model of music distribution at the end of the last year, when she removed her entire back catalogue from the streaming site just before the release of 1989. It didn’t seem to harm her sales – it has sold in excess of five million copies to date, making it the biggest selling album of 2014 and 2015 (so far).
Taylor Swift will not let Apple Music have access to '1989'
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Apple is preparing to launch its streaming service - a direct rival to Spotify.
Apple is preparing to launch its streaming service, a direct rival to Spotify that will cost users around $10 a month. Insiders expect the company to unveil the service at its developers' conference next week.
Zane Lowe is one of a number of high profile names to join Apple for its new streaming service
Apple has been rushing to finish work on the new service though is yet to be close deals with the three biggest global music companies Universal Music Group, Sony Corp's Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group, however, many in the industry expect deals soon.
Continue reading: Apple to Charge Users $10 a Month for Streaming Service
A Russian Duma deputy says that the artwork for U2's 'Songs Of Innocence' is tantamount to "gay propaganda".
Alexander Starovoitov, a deputy representing the right-wing LDPR party in the Russian Duma (parliament), believes that Apple is guilty of spamming youths with illegal content when it gave away U2’s recent album Songs of Innocence for free back in September 2014 to all of iTunes’ 500 million worldwide users.
In a report by The Guardian, Starovoitov believes that the album’s artwork, which features the group’s drummer Larry Mullen Jr embracing his son Elvis while shirtless, promotes sexual relations between men.
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'Songs of Innocence' was given away free to iTunes users last month in promotional rollout with Apple, but the stunt backfired.
U2 frontman Bono has issued an apology to iTunes users over the release of their recent album Songs of Innocence. Users of the software had a free copy of the new album automatically downloaded to their accounts as part of a marketing stunt in September that tied in with the release of Apple’s new iPhone.
U2's latest album Songs of Innocence was given away free but the marketing stunt backfired
The apology was prompted by a criticism from a Facebook user during a question and answer session. “Oops, I’m sorry about that,” said Bono. “I had this beautiful idea and we kind of got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard.”
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Don't want U2's album 'Song of Innocence'? Not even for free? Step right this way.
Apple has launched a tool to help iTunes users remove U2's new album Songs of Innocence, which was made available as a free download following a product launch event in California on Tuesday (September 9).
U2 launched 'Songs of Innocence' at an Apple launch
The album was downloaded by 2 million users between Tuesday and Friday last week, though some Apple customers complained that the record was essentially being forced upon them and appeared in iTunes and iOS devices with no easy way to remove it.
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The LG G3 is achieving tablet level battery results, despite some monster tech under the 'hood'
Apple and Samsung’s duopoly over the mobile phone market space seems to coming to an end, and it’s partly down to their own failings. People want an iPhone with a bigger screen, and the rest of them want a better Galaxy S5.
But this shift has also got something to do with the competition and their determination to step up the quality of the ‘other’ handsets on the market. Step forward the HTC One M8, and now the LG G3, the company’s flagship Android handset.
Continue reading: Have LG Blown Apple and Samsung Out of The Water With The G3?
Jimmy Iovine is heading to Apple.
Jimmy Iovine has officially made his exit from Interscope Geffen A&M, following 25 years of being the most successful head of a major label in the business. Iovine - whose replacement is John Janick - will join Apple following the technology giant's acquiring of the Beats headphones and digital streaming company that Iovine set up with Dr Dre.
Jimmy Iovine Will Take Up A Role at Apple
"Since coming to UMG nearly two years ago, he [Janick] has consistently shown why he is widely regarded as one of the most talented, innovative and entrepreneurial executives in the music business today and will be a key player in the future generation of industry leaders," Lucian Grainge, Universal Music Group chairman and CEO, said in a statement of Iovine's replacement, "John is the ideal executive to be writing the next chapter in IGA's illustrious history."
Continue reading: Jimmy Iovine Officially Exits Interscope For Apple. This Is A Big Deal.
Will.i.am was kicked out of the First Class lounge - but why?
Black Eyed Peas singer and superstar producer Will.i.am was kicked out of United Airlines First Class lounge after allegedly being told his membership card for fake. The singer hit out at the company on Twitter, calling United Airlines "the worse" adding it, "should know who (its) customers are."
Will.i.am was kicked out of the United Airlines lounge
It is not known at which airport the incident happened, though Will.i.am was in Washington with P Diddy later that day. Writing on Twitter, he said: "#unitedairlines is the worse. I'm a member and I have my card to prove it. But they tell me my card is fake and kick me out the lounge. #ouch."
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Apple is close to tying up a deal for Beats.
Technology giants Apple are hoping to wrap up a $3.2 billion deal to buy Dr Dre's Beats Electronics, according to various media reports. Negotiations are thought to be at an advanced stage and a deal could be confirmed as soon as next week.
Dr Dre Is Selling Beats
Should the deal go through, it will be Apple's biggest ever acquisition. It is being seen as a move by Apple to get a stronger foothold in the phone and music accessories market and the company has actually be selling Beats headphones in its stores for some time.
Kylie Jenner, highlights, sunglasses, black boots, ankle boots, black handbag, leather, jewelry, iphone, Apple and cell phone - Kylie Jenner leaving Urth Cafe with friends - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 8th April 2014
The U.K government legalises what people have been doing for years (not drugs)
If you’ve ever burned/ripped a CD onto your mp3 player, mobile phone or laptop, then you’ve committed a crime. In fact, legislation is so out of touch with current practise, 85% of the people surveyed considered the above to be legal, prompting a chance of pace from the government that allows people to replicate content such as CD’s, DVD’s and e-books “for private purposes such as format shifting or backup”.
The kids are queuing for the latest iPad, not buying CDs, stupid government
It’s one of the most useless and meaningless changes to legislation, and probably could have slipped under the radar – like so many burned copies of DVDs and albums – without anyone making a fuss about it. But it is startling to think that copyright holders expected consumers to make multiple purchases of, say, an album if they wanted one copy on their phone and one on CD to play in the car.