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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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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.

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

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

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.

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.

This is about the producer who works tirelessly to innovate and create,

Taylor Swift / Via Vevo / Song: 22

just like the innovators and creators at Apple are pioneering in their field...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

Read T-Swift's original Tumblr post HERE.

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