I cannot stand Taylor Swift. I hate her music. Not a fan of her personally. And I would rather listen to fingernails on a chalkboard than listen to her sing. But I find myself in the odd position of agreeing with her.
She wrote an open letter to Apple about them not paying for musician’s music during Apple’s three months free streaming trial period. Now, three months may not seem like a lot of time, especially for musicians who are already earning millions, and truthfully for some of them it probably wouldn’t make a difference.
But how long is the life of music anymore? The first three months after release is probably when most musicians make their money from their releases. How long does a song stay a hit before the next big song is out on the market. Yes, I know that this is only during the trial period, but this could cost the performers a significant sum of money. And when you are talking about new performers, maybe even a one-hit wonder, these three months could have been the only point in time when they make their money.
I am glad apple changed their policy. The customers still get their free trial period. The poor one-hit wonder still gets his money, maybe the only money he would make in his career. And Taylor Swift gets her large sums of money, and got a lot of publicity for her new album, which I will not be listening too.