Taylor Swift Gets Apple To Pay Musicians For Trial Period Of Streaming Service

Taylor Swift influenced Apple to pay artists instead of streaming their music or videos for free by writing an open letter to the company.

The 25-year-old singer explained in her letter that she wouldn’t put her album 1989 on Apple’s new music-streaming website, as she found the comapny’s refusal to pay musicians for those three months “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” writes firstpost.com.

The New York Times reports:

“Less than 24 hours after Ms. Swift complained publicly that Apple was not planning to pay royalties during a three-month trial period of its new streaming music service, the company changed course, and confirmed that it will pay its full royalty rates for music during the free trial,” Sisario writes. “‘When I woke up this morning and read Taylor’s note, it really solidified that we need to make a change,’ Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, said in an interview late Sunday. In a letter posted Sunday morning to her Tumblr page, called ‘To Apple, Love Taylor,’ Ms. Swift addressed a situation that had begun to send shock waves through the music industry: Apple, which has announced a subscription streaming service to compete with Spotify, Rhapsody and Deezer, was not going to pay royalties during the trial period.”

The new service, called Apple Music, is to become available worldwide on June 30th. The service will include a $10 streaming subscription plan, the iTunes download store, a free Internet radio station and a media platform that will let artists upload songs, videos and other content for fans, writes the New York Times.

Read Taylor Swift’s full letter below:

The Next Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, And Refurbished Apple Products

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Of all the smartphones Samsung makes during the year, two usually end up being the most popular: the latest version of its flagship Galaxy S phone, and its newest giant Galaxy Note device, writes Business Insider.

In Korea, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the related S6 Edge have already shipped more than 10 million units already, according to the Korea Herald and cnet.com.

A prototype of the Note 5 phone is expected to be finished by June, according to WhoWiredKorea, and the company is expected to show it off to carrier partners before the end of July.

The Galaxy Note 4 is currently the biggest competitor to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. However, while Apple has been selling boatloads of iPhones, Samsung has been struggling a bit.  It’s relying on a new phone like the Note 5 to give consumers a reason to choose its Galaxy phones over the iPhone.

It’s too soon to know exactly what to expect from  the Note 5, but blog Sam Mobile, which has an excellent track record when it comes to reporting on unreleased Samsung gadgets, claims to have some insider information. Samsung is reportedly developing a new version of its curved Note smartphone, too, which would be a successor to the Galaxy Note Edge.

The phone is reportedly being called “Project Zen” internally, and it might have different hardware than the standard Galaxy Note 5. This would be a different step for Samsung, considering the Galaxy Note Edge is essentially a clone of the Galaxy Note 4, but with a curved screen.

Samsung usually waits until the August/September timeframe to release its large-sized Galaxy Note phones, but this year the company will reportedly make the big announcement in July, according to a recent Korean news report.

Samsung is expected to move its announcement up in an effort to undercut Apple, which is rumored to unveil a successor to the iPhone 6 Plus in September, writes Business Insider.

In other news, Apple today added several iPad Air 2 models to its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the iPad Air 2 have been made available for purchase, according to macrumors.com.

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