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Taylor Swift's Open Letter To Apple Inc. Explained Through Her Own Song Lyrics

'Cause baby now we got bad blood.

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To Apple, Love Taylor

Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: Blank Space

I write this to explain why I’ll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music.

Taylor Swift / Via People / Song: Dear John

I feel this deserves an explanation because Apple has been and will continue to be one of my best partners in selling music and creating ways for me to connect with my fans.

Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: Style

I respect the company and the truly ingenious minds that have created a legacy based on innovation and pushing the right boundaries.

Taylor Swift / Via Billboard / Song: All Too Well

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.

Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: Shake it Off

I’m not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months.

Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar

I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company.

Taylor Swift / Via Tumblr / Song: Everything Has Changed ft. Ed Sheeran

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.

Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: Shake it Off

This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success.

Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: Out of the Woods

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.

Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: Fifteen

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...
Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: 22

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.

Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: Blank Space

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 simply do not respect this particular call.
Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

We simply do not respect this particular call.

I realize that Apple is working towards a goal of paid streaming. I think that is beautiful progress.

We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out.
Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: You Belong with Me

We know how astronomically successful Apple has been and we know that this incredible company has the money to pay artists, writers and producers for the 3 month trial period… even if it is free for the fans trying it out.

Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing.

Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: I Knew You Were Trouble

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.
Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: 22

I think this could be the platform that gets it right.

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.
Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: Love Story

...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.

Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: The Story of Us

Taylor

Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: Blank Space

Read T-Swift's original Tumblr post HERE.

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