Apple Music launched earlier this month, an ambitious new streaming platform from one of the world's biggest tech companies.
Initially, users were to be granted three months paid access, but the scheme also meant that musicians would not be paid royalties for that introductory period.
The move caused a stir, with Taylor Swift penning an open letter to the company over the weekend. “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.”
In response, Apple Music have decided to reverse their decision. The move was confirmed, naturally, via Twitter:
#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015
We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015
I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 22, 2015