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In open letter, Swift criticizes ‘shocking’ Apple Music

FILE - In a May 17, 2015 file photo, Taylor Swift poses in the press room with the awards for top Billboard 200 album for “1989”, top female artist, chart achievement, top artist, top Billboard 200 artist, top hot 100 artist, top digital song artist, and top streaming song (video) for “Shake It Off” at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas. In an open letter to Apple, on Sunday, June 21, 2015, Swift  criticized the company’s new streaming music service for failing to pay artists for a free three-month trial. Swift said she would withhold her 2014 album “1989” from Apple Music, which launches June 30. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In a May 17, 2015 file photo, Taylor Swift poses in the press room with the awards for top Billboard 200 album for “1989”, top female artist, chart achievement, top artist, top Billboard 200 artist, top hot 100 artist, top digital song artist, and top streaming song (video) for “Shake It Off” at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas. In an open letter to Apple, on Sunday, June 21, 2015, Swift criticized the company’s new streaming music service for failing to pay artists for a free three-month trial. Swift said she would withhold her 2014 album “1989” from Apple Music, which launches June 30. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — In an open letter to Apple, Taylor Swift has criticized the company’s new streaming music service for failing to pay artists for a free three-month trial.

Writing on her Tumblr page Sunday in a posting titled “To Apple, Love Taylor,” Swift said she would withhold her 2014 album “1989” from Apple Music, which launches June 30. The pop star called Apple’s plan not to compensate artists, writers or producers during the three-month trial “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”

Swift said she was speaking up for the music community at large, not for her own personal gain. Three months, she said, “is a long time to go unpaid.” Last November, Swift also pulled “1989” off Spotify.

Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

 

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