Apple had a tough week with Apple Music, reversing their original plan to not pay artists after Taylor Swift wrote an open letter about it. Apple said they will continue paying artists a higher rate and will pay them during the free trial period, however, they didn’t specify the amount they’d pay artist during the free trial period.
According to a report The New York Times, Apple will be paying record labels the industry-standard 0.2 cents per track during the customers free trial period, which is roughly what Spotify pays. The 0.2 cent rate also applies to all publishers.
Within that 0.2 cents, a small payment is given for songwriting rights that go directly to publishers. “Apple is still negotiating with many publishers over those terms, several publishing companies confirmed on Wednesday.”
The Apple Music service includes Beats 1, a radio station that features celebrity DJs, music streaming, offline playback, Connect and more. Starting on June 30th, customers will be able to take advantage of the three-month trial. After the trial has expired, customers will need to pay $9.99 a month or $14.99 a month for families. The service will be available on iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple Watch, Mac and Windows with an Android and Apple TV app coming later this year.