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Taylor Swift Slams Apple For Not Paying Artists: ‘It’s Unfair To Ask Us To Work For Nothing’

We all know that Taylor Swift has had well-documented battles with online streaming sites, such as Spotify, in the past, and it looks as though she’s not planning to end her fight against free streaming any time soon.

In fact, she is so passionate about the cause that we wouldn’t be surprised if at least three songs on her next album were about it.

Taylor has taken to her Tumblr page to call out her newest enemy in the streaming business, Apple Music, who are being a little bit cheeky and offering their users three months of free music streaming at the cost of the artists.

Not cool, Apple, not cool.

Writing on her blog, Tay rants: “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.”

However, the 25-year-old squillionaire goes on to insist that she is not boycotting Apple for not paying her personally, in fact, she’s launching this protest against them in honour of smaller, lesser known artists.

She adds: “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.”

Following that emosh guilt-trip, Taylor concludes her letter with one final attempt to change the company’s mind, signing off with: “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.”

Nice one, babes.

Apple is yet to respond to Taylor’s plea, but something tells us that if they won’t listen to the princess of pop then they probably won’t listen to anyone – we just wonder if other artists will be following Taylor in her boycott.

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