Apple Music Royalties During Free Trial May be Lower Than Expected

After posting an open letter to Apple on her Tumblr page about Apple’s free streaming policy for its upcoming music service, popular artist Taylor Swift handled to get the company to change course– Apple now preparing to pay artist royalties during its three-month free trial duration of Apple Music. However, thanks to a new statement offered to The Wall Street Journal, it appears artists’ fulfillment with the policy modification could end up being rough again, with the Cupertino-based company suggesting the royalty rate during the free trial duration will be rather much lower than regular.


Apple declined to say how much it plans to pay during the trial duration, though it said the rate will increase as soon as clients start paying for subscriptions. In the first three months of the service’s life there will be no customer royalty rate on which to base the rates. The company might find other ways to calculate a rate and is anticipated to share its strategies with music companies soon.

Apple threats raising the ire of Ms. Swift and others if it can be found in with what would appear to be a lowball offer.

Trying to ballpark Apple’s possible payment rate for the free trial, The Wall Street Journal compares the Apple service to Spotify’s free, ad-supported option, which they mention pays royalties of “about one-fifth of the subscription service.” Last December, that was basically 0.14 of a cent for each eavesdrop the United States, which Spotify needed to pay a grand total of $$ 5.8 million for its free tier alone for the month.

If Apple goes in under its conventional 71.5 percent income sharing policy– which is most likely to take place given the phrasing used when talking to the WSJ— it could still end up paying out millions of dollars to the different artists, songwriters, and producers that Swift ended up being the defacto token of after Apple listened to her letter over the weekend.

Although, as the WSJ explain, some in the market appeared content with the original free trial duration policy, offered Apple’s guarantee of an above-industry standard of 71.5 percent royalty payment, compared with the basic 70 percent payed out by rivals such as Spotify and Google. Apple has yet to comment any further on the problem, but its shifting point of view on the subject, so near Apple Music’s launch, is indisputably an impressive task for Swift.

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