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20 Nov, 2015

Will not stream 25


Music streaming services, Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer, say Adele’s album 25 will not be available for streaming. Apple says her single, Hello, will continue being available for streaming; the album will be available for purchase on  iTunes. Spotify:

We love and respect Adele, as do her 24 million fans on Spotify. We hope that she will give those fans the opportunity to enjoy ’25’ on Spotify alongside ’19’ and ’21’ very soon.

30 Jun, 2015

ACDC add music to streaming platforms

AC/DC add their catalogue to online streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and Apple Music. Before this move only the bands last album was available – Black Ice. This marks a turning point now, with more older artists choosing online distribution as well as physical methods such as CD and vinyl.

21 Jun, 2015

Criticizes Apple Music’s non-payment of artists

Makes Statement

In the note titled To Apple, Love Taylor, Swift criticizes Apple Music’s free three-month trial for users, a period of time in which the service will not compensate artists for what is streamed.

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.

This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt. This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create, just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field…but will not get paid for a quarter of a year’s worth of plays on his or her songs…

…Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done. I hope that soon I can join them in the progression towards a streaming model that seems fair to those who create this music. I think this could be the platform that gets it right.

But I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.

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