Taylor Swift just won an epic victory for the the little guy. You may have seen the eloquent, heartfelt open letter that she wrote to Apple in response to their announcement that new paid music streaming service Apple Music will not pay any royalties to artists during the 3-month free trial period before a full subscription.
Here's an extract from Taylor's letter:
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.
This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success.
We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.
Dammit, Swift, you have good argument game. What's more, she won. Taylor Swift legit took on Apple and WON.
The official word came when Apple's senior VP of Internet software and services, Eddy Cue, tweeted the following:
This change is part of the ongoing discussion in the entertainment industry about artists' rights and intellectual copyright in a world of increasingly sharable and free technology.
Taylor, of course, was gracious in victory...
A win of this magnitude should really have been tweeted along with some appropriately celebratory picture. Like this one, perhaps.
TL;DR - Taylor Swift to Apple, "Why you gotta be so mean?"