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Taylor Swift has announced her 1989 album will appear on Apple’s new streaming service.

Earlier this week the singer challenged Apple over the fact they weren’t planning to pay royalties to artists during Apple Music’s three-month trial period.

After seeing Taylor Swift’s open letter, Apple Music backed down and will now pay artists during the initial trial.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 is not currently available on any streaming services.

The singer tweeted: “After the events of this week, I’ve decided to put 1989 on Apple Music…and happily so.

“In case you’re wondering if this is some exclusive deal like you’ve seen Apple do with other artists, it’s not.”

In her original letter Taylor Swift had said that “three months is a long time to go unpaid” and said it was “unfair” to expect people to work for nothing.

“I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done… I think this could be the platform that gets it [music streaming] right,” she added.Taylor Swift 1989 album back on Apple Music

Apple Music, which launches on June 30, will allow users to stream the company’s vast catalogue of singles and albums and is set to cost $9.99 per month for one person or $14.99 for families.

The company says it plans to pay 73% of the music subscription revenue to music owners.

Apple executive Eddy Cue said the firm had already planned to pay artists a higher rate after the trail period was over to compensate for the first three months of free service given to customers.

They had already been hearing “a lot of concern from indie artists about not getting paid during the three-month trial period” before Taylor Swift spoke out.

Eddy Cue also said: “We never looked at it as not paying them.”

Taylor Swift tweeted: “This is simply the first time it’s felt right in my gut to stream my album. Thank you, Apple, for your change of heart.”

In 2014, Taylor Swift removed her entire back catalogue from Spotify, saying the business had “shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically”.

Now the only Taylor Swift tracks on the streaming service are from compilation albums.


Taylor Swift has decided to pull her 1989 album from Apple Music and criticized the company.

In an open letter to Apple, Taylor Swift said she was withholding the record as she was unhappy with the three-month free trial offered to subscribers by Apple’s new streaming music service.

The 25-year-old singer wrote: “I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months.”

Taylor Swift said the plan was “unfair”, arguing Apple had the money to cover the cost.

“I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” she said, describing Apple as one of her “best partners in selling music”.

“These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much,” she continued.

“We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period – even if it is free for the fans trying it out.

“Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.”Taylor Swift pulls 1989 album from Apple Music

Taylor Swift ended her letter by calling on Apple to change its policy, suggesting she would reinstate her album on the service if the company changed its mind.

“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Apple has yet to comment on the issue.

The rest of Taylor Swift’s back catalogue will remain available on Apple Music when it launches on June 30. It will cost $9.99 per month in the US for one person or $14.99 for families.

The music industry has generally supported Apple bringing its vast music library to paid streaming, and the company said it will pay 70% of the music subscription revenue to music owners.

It is not the first time Taylor Swift has spoken out against streaming music – she pulled her entire catalogue from Spotify last November and had refused to offer 1989 on streaming services, saying the business had “shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically”.

1989 went on to become one of the biggest-selling albums of 2014 and has sold more than 4.9 million copies in the US alone.