Taylor Swift has answered one of the last remaining questions about Apple Music before it launches: her popular album 1989 will be available on Apple Music when it launches on Tuesday. The development follows Swift’s high profile letter to Apple over how artists would be paid during the streaming service’s 3-month free trial. Apple later reversed its decision announcing it would pay artists during the trial.
While the pop star says it isn’t an Apple Music exclusive (like Pharrell’s upcoming release), the album is notably not available on Spotify as Swift removed her catalog last year due to the service’s free tier.
Apple’s updated royalty rate during the 3-month free trial period is said to be on par with that of Spotify’s free tier. The difference between the two business models is that Apple’s 90-day trial option is only available up front while Spotify offers a constant free tier with limits.
Following this week’s high profile development, Apple Music is set to launch on Tuesday, June 30th, on iOS 8.4 plus Mac and Windows through iTunes. An Android app is planned for release in the fall.
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