Taylor Swift leaves a ‘Blank Space’ in Apple Music – USA TODAY
It looks like Taylor Swift and free streaming music are never getting back together.
Swift’s hit album 1989 will not be available on Apple Music when the service debuts on iOS 9 and Android June 30, the artist’s label Big Machine confirmed to BuzzFeed News.
This isn’t the first time Swift has had ‘Bad Blood’ with a streaming service.
The artist infamously pulled her entire collection from Spotify last year, saying that the service’s free streaming tier devalued artists’ music.
She expressed her sentiments in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal last year, noting that albums are meant to be listened to in their entirety and is a practice that should not go out of Style.
As consumers switch from downloading music to streaming it, Swift is not the only one to regard streaming services with suspicion â especially now with Apple Music in the mix.
Apple is coming in pretty late to the music streaming market, which is already crowded as it is. The market is currently occupied by incumbent leaders Pandora and Spotify, as well as Jay Z’s music app Tidal, SoundCloud, and YouTube.
Apple Music will offer a mix of free music with paid on-demand listening, and radio stations programmed by DJs rather than computerized algorithms. The service will offer both a free tier and a subscription service for $9.99 with a three month free trial.
Big Machine told BuzzFeed that Swift’s older albums will be available on Apple Music, just like they are across other paid-for streaming services.
But Swift may not be the only Blank Space on the new streaming services’ list of popular artists.
Record label Beggars Group, which represents popular bands such as Alabama Shakes, Bon Iver, Adele, and The White Stripes, said in a blog post Wednesday that they do not currently have an agreement to participate with Apple Music.
The group said that although Apple Music’s deal structure is “very progressive,” the three-month free trial that it offers creates problems for the label and its coming artist releases.
“Whilst we understand the logic of their proposal and their aim to introduce a subscription-only service, we struggle to see why rights owners and artists should bear this aspect of Apples customer acquisition costs,” the label said.
The label said it hopes that the “obstacles to the agreement can be removed,” and that they will be able to be a part of the service in the coming days.
However, Big Machine told BuzzFeed that it has no plans to release 1989 to any streaming service in the near future — which means fans will just have to Shake It Off and buy the album.