On Sunday, Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to Apple on her Tumblr account. O
In her letter, titled “To Apple, Love Taylor”, Swift explains why she is holding her album, 1989, from Apple Music, Apple’s new streaming service releasing at the end of June with the iOS 8.4 update.
She states that when potential customers get a three-month free trial for the service, artists, producers and writers will not get paid for the three-month period. She says it is shockingly unfair and unlike Apple to not pay the artists for their contributions.
“This is not about me[…] This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success,” says Swift.
To her, it’s not fair to the new artist whose band and crew has worked tirelessly to produce and single and not get compensated for it by Apple. She sees herself as standing up to Apple for people in her social circle who are too afraid to say anything.
Swift states her admiration and respect for Apple, but encourages Apple to change their policy before it’s too late. She says she realizes Apple is working towards paid streaming, but views it as unfair that Apple can’t pay contributors even though they are able to.
“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation,” Swift finishes out her letter.
Her entire letter to Apple can be found here.