This is the second news story this week of Apple trying to screw people over for their intellectual property.
Taylor Swift has pulled her hit album 1989 from Apple’s new streaming music service and criticised the company.
In an open letter to Apple, Swift said she was withholding the record as she was unhappy with the three-month free trial offered to subscribers.
“I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months,” she wrote.
She said the plan was “unfair”, arguing Apple had the money to cover the cost.
“I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” the 25-year-old said, describing Apple as one of her “best partners in selling music”.
Is the shine coming off of that apple?
I think she was right to call them out and they were right to concede. Still, the whole point of a long trial period was to move the needle on getting more people to pay, get through the paywall, of music streaming service. This is a thing the industry–including Swift–surely wants, and it’s a thing that no other provider has been able to get much traction with.