Taylor Swift hit out at Apple, accusing the company of not paying artists on its new streaming service.
The 25-year-old singer-songwriter has refused to hand over her 1989 album to the technology giant and has posted an open letter on her Tumblr account explaining her decision.
Taylor – who’s also removed her music from rival service Spotify – said: “I’m sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service.
“I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months.
“I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.”
Although Taylor acknowledged the move will not make a huge difference to her own financial wellbeing, she insisted her actions were not those of “a spoiled, petulant child”.
The Bad Blood hitmaker concluded her letter: “It’s not too late to change this policy. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
Following the publication of Taylor’s letter, Eddy Cue, the Senior Vice-President of Internet Software and Services at Apple, suggested the company will change its policy.
He tweeted: “#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period.
“We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple.”
And an over the moon Taylor later responded: “I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.”