Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Will Not Appear on Apple Music Streaming
Taylor Swift is planting her feet more firmly in the ground against the prevalence of streaming services by not releasing her most recent album, 1989, to be available on Apple’s new streaming service, Apple Music.
Swift recently took a stand against Spotify by pulling her library from the service, arguing that providing access to music for free devalues the art of the songs, and that streaming services do not compensate creators proportionately. According to Time, this number is typically less than once cent per play, between $.006 and $.0084.
“Everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment,” Swift tells Yahoo! Music in defense of her decision. “And I’m not wiling to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”
Swift also argues that streaming services like Spotify are detrimental to the art of creating a cohesive album, versus individual singles.
“Albums defined my childhood, and they’ve defined my life,” she states. “I just hope that they will continue to define people in newer generations’ lives. I’m so proud of my fans for going out there, over a million strong, and proving that albums still matter to them and that art is still viable to them.”
This philosophy hasn’t stopped 1989 from being the best-selling album of 2014, despite only having been released in October, and it is still churning out hits nearly nine months later.
The debate about the ethical implications of Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services is ongoing, but Swift’s label Big Machine Records says it has no plans to change its position any time soon, according to BuzzFeed.
“I try to stay really open-minded about things, because I do think it’s important to be a part of progress,” Swift observes. “But I think it’s really still up for debate whether this is actual progress, or whether this is taking the word ‘music’ out of the music industry.”
Swift is currently on the 1989 tour, playing stages around the world in support of the record. According to her post on Twitter, she just celebrated the nine-year anniversary of the release of her first single on June 19.
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