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 new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. 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, 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.
I’m sure the web will be flooded with slightly differently worded but effectively the same this-isn’t-Apple’s-fault blog posts and comments shortly, but this whole saga does seem like a major punch in the stomach for small and/or upstart artists. They’ve already got it rough in this business, and along comes the hugely powerful Apple, who, despite the incredible riches it has stashed away in tax havens, wrangles even that little bit of coin from them.
Stay classy, Apple.
We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.
I don’t know much about Taylor Swift other than that she’s really popular in the US, but that is one wicked burn.