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  • Artists Getting Paid $0.2 Cents a Song During 3-Month Apple Music Trial


    A few days ago, Taylor Swift had written an open letter on Tumblr to Apple saying she was disappointed in the company’s decision to not pay artists during the 90-day trial period of Apple Music. Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services responded soon after saying they had changed their decision and will in fact, be paying artists during the 3-month period. Although Apple decided to pay their artists, Cue never stated how much. A new report from The New York Times is saying that the Cupertino-based will be giving artists 0.2 cents for every song a customer streams for free during the 90-days.

    Apparently 0.2 cents is what Spotify pays for all songs accessed through free streaming, but there’s also another payment given to music publishers. Billboard is reporting that Apple might be paying an extra 0.047 cents per stream for song rights. This means that a total of 0.247 cents is being offered for every free streamed song in Apple Music. Although this number is super low, it is in fact better than the company’s decision to not pay artists at all in the beginning. Apple Music just recently signed with both Merlin Network and Beggars Group, which represent more than 20,000 indie labels.

    Apple Music will be launching on June 30th, which is next Tuesday in more than 100 countries. Every customer can test out the service with a free trial version that lasts 3-months. When the 90-day trial version runs out, customers will have two options to choose from- a $9.99/month single user or $14.99/month for a family up to 6. Will you be trying out the new service? Share with us in the section below.

    Source: The New York Times, Billboard
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Artists Getting Paid $0.2 Cents a Song During 3-Month Apple Music Trial started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. Christophxr's Avatar
      Christophxr -
      You really showed them, Tay.

      But to answer the question in the article, yes, I'm hype for both Apple Music and Beats 1. Just don't expect 0.2 cents coming to Taylor Swift from my devices.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      My question is do we need a credit card linked to our iTunes/Appstore account to be able to sign up for the free trial? If so, count me out. My only reason I haven't purchased iTunes Match. I have about $80 in my Appstore already via gift cards so I don't see why I need to have a linked credit card.