Here’s something you probably didn’t see coming — Taylor Swift made the tech blogs. Unlike other musicians who fancy themselves venture capitalists (yes, I’m talking about you, Will.I.Am) this isn’t about some lousy money pit of an idea.
Instead, she’s raising questions about the music industry’s shift to streaming in an open letter about Apple Music. “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… Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing,” she wrote.
Rather than jumping on a streaming bandwagon of one percent musicians like Tidal, Swift is refusing to make her latest album, 1989, available for streaming. She’s also blocked the album from being available on Spotify.
Her open questioning of Apple Music — and streaming in general — demonstrates how there are problems that have yet to be ironed out when it comes to fair compensation for artists who aren’t as well known as Swift. It’s also making the tech press openly wonder what titles and artists won’t be available on Apple Music and if it’ll be a permanent state of affairs.