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Apple Changes Policy After Criticism From Taylor Swift

Apple has backed down on its plans to offer an initial free three-month trial period for its new streaming service without paying royalties to musicians and artists, after Taylor Swift publicly criticized the plan on her Tumblr and said she would hold back her album “1989” from the service.

Swift wrote that while she understood that Apple is working to paying artists after the trial period, three months is a long time to go without compensation. “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation,” Swift posted.

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about Taylor Swift’s advocacy for artist compensation and why Apple changed its stance.


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