Apple Now Says It Will Pay Artists During Customer Free Trial – BuzzFeed News

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Cue, Apple’s media boss, said the company will pay artists on a per stream basis during the free three-month trial. Cue declined to say what the rate per stream might be. Afterwards, it will pay music owners 71.5% of Apple Music’s subscription revenue in the United States. Internationally, the number will fluctuate, but will average out at around 73%.

The initial decision to forego payments was met with heavy criticism from the music industry at large, especially independent record labels who would be facing a steep charge to be a part of the platform.

The deal’s loudest detractor, however, was Swift, who wrote a blog post Sunday morning after BuzzFeed News reported last week that she would not stream her latest album, 1989, on the new service.

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