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Singer Taylor Swift’s stand against Apple’s streaming service has led the tech giant to make a huge U-turn.
The new Apple Music service was not planning on paying artists royalties during the three-month free trial period it offers for its streaming services. In response, Taylor took to Tumblr to write an open letter to Apple saying she wouldn’t be providing the company with her latest album.
“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation,” she said.
This represented the view of other musicians according to Apple executive Eddy Cue, who announced not long after the letter was posted that Apple would pay royalties for music played during the trial period.
Eddy said Taylor’s criticism underscored complaints he had heard from independent artists and spurred the company to change its position on payments during the free trial period.
Naturally, Taylor was pleased with the decision.
I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 22, 2015
Fans are making sure Taylor knows just how much they respect and admire her following the move. Some are even calling for the star (who was recently voted number 64 in Forbes’ list of the World’s Most Powerful Women) to consider running for president!
This is the second time Taylor has made a stand against a music streaming service, pulling all her music from Spotify late last year.