Taylor Swift is in charge of the world right now.
Yesterday, TSwift dared to stand up to Apple by posting an open letter on the internet, shaming them for not paying the musicians used in their streaming service for the first three months.
“I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” read Taylor’s diplomatic letter.
“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.”
“These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much.”
“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
As it turns out, her letter worked. Apple’s Senior Vice-President Eddy Cue responded personally to Taylor, letting her know that the company had changed their policy to meet her demands, paying artists for the trial as well as a higher rate at the end of the three months.
Cue tweeted “We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple”, and announced to Associated Press; “When I woke up this morning and I saw Taylor’s note that she had written, it really solidified that we needed to make a change.”
I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 22, 2015