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Posted by Glen Sears | June 22, 2015 8:00 am | No Comments

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Story Of The Week

Apple U-Turns, Decides To Pay Royalties On Free Trial After Taylor Swift Open Letter
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Over the weekend, pop queen Taylor Swift took to Tumblr in an effort to shed light on Apple’s non-paying 3-month free trial. “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. 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.”

Apple was already under fire from major indie labels and the larger music/tech blogosphere over its royalty payment model. Apple claimed that, while it paid no royalties for its trial period (an industry standard), it paid higher percentages than other streaming services on the back end as compensation.

Ultimately, the combined threat of losing major indie label associations like the AAIM and Swift’s major publicity pull forced Apple to pivot. Taking to Twitter, Eddy Cue (Apple VP of Internet Software & Services) responded “#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period.”

Other Important Headlines

Blake Morgan Lobbies The NMPA & Congress To Pay Performers and Labels For Radio – Currently, only songwriters and music publishers receive payments in the U.S., while throughout the rest of the world artist and labels are paid by terrestrial radio. Read More

SoundCloud To Limit Tracks Streamed Via API to 15,000 Plays per Day – The move comes as Soundcloud continues to work toward controlling and monetizing its platform. Read More

EFF and Cloudflare Say Web Firms Shouldn’t Be the Major Labels’ Watchdogs – Web companies are pushing back at a recent federal court order that would force them to become copyrightenforcers for music labels when an infringing site’s owner can’t be found. Read More

Pandora Paid Pharrell Just $6300 For 105 Million “Happy” Plays – “We’re projecting over a billion dollars of revenue next year,” said Pandora founder Tim Westergren, “and we’re sharing that revenue very fairly with the artist community.” Read More

EDC Las Vegas Tops 130,000 Attendees Its First Night – One of the world’s largest EDM festivals just keeps growing, despite major desert heat and Vegas expense. Read More

Dance Music’s Tech Leaders Discuss Disruption at EDMbiz – “Isn’t modern innovation taking someone’s idea and making it better? You just can’t fight the Internet. At the end of the day, the internet’s going to beat you every time.” Read More

New Music Seminar attendees: Don’t forget that MediaNet’s own Frank Johnson will be speaking about digital music infrastructure in an NMS Intensive on Tuesday with music journalist Larry LeBlanc! More details here.

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