One of the company’s newest products presented at WWDC 2015 early in the year was the arrival of Apple Music, its first streaming music service. Now, several artists have claimed that Apple is blackmailing them by removing their songs from iTunes if they do not sign up with Apple Music , something that the company has been quick to deny.
Recently we were talking about the percentage of the subscription that users will pay for using Apple Music that will go to the record companies. This time, Tim Cook’s company has been involved in the controversy because several artists claim to have been “threatened” to become part of Apple Music .
However, Apple has quickly denied these claims in which they say that in case of not registering in Apple Music the music of this artist would disappear from iTunes, as reported by the well-known magazine Rolling Stones. Here’s more on that.
Apple claims that this will never happen
An Apple spokesman has said that such blackmail of artists has never existed, and that as a result of the licensing negotiations, this will never happen . But where does all this controversy about Apple Music and iTunes come from?
It all starts when early last week Anton Newcombe from “The Brian Jonestown Massacre”, a psychedelic rock group, posted a couple of tweets on his personal account saying that Apple had told them that they wanted to offer their music on stream for free for three months and asked what happened if they said no.
According to Newcombe, Apple’s response was that they would remove their music from iTunes . Finally, the artist showed his anger with a tweet in which he said that “The biggest company on earth wants to use my work to make money for 3 months and without paying me anything, and if I say don’t ban me” .
Faced with these harsh accusations Apple has decided to publicly deny that this blackmail has existed and that it is forcing artists to join Apple Music . However, it seems that it has not served to silence Newcombe, since during the following days the artist was making RT of articles and responses from other users of the social network that referred to his accusations.
As they say in CultofMac, for a long time royalties have been a big point of controversy between artists and companies offering streaming music services like Pandora or Spotify. So it is not too surprising that there is now also controversy with Apple Music.
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Apple Music will arrive at the end of June in several countries
Apple Music will be available from June 30th with a free 3 month trial period for all users . After that time, users will have to pay a subscription, which would be $9.99 per month for an individual, although there will also be a plan for a family of up to 6 members for $14.99 per month.
In the license agreement signed by both parties there would be a point that many artists have not liked in which it says that they will not receive benefits during the first three months of service , which would coincide with the users’ free trial months. Thus, the company does not have to ask any artist to offer their music for free streaming during that period of time on Apple Music, as it is reflected in the agreement.