onstage during KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2014  powered by LINE at Staples Center on December 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Taylor Swift onstage during KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2014 powered by LINE at Staples Center on December 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter—2014 Getty Images

Hey, Taylor Swift: Here's How Much Apple Is Really Paying Musicians

Jun 25, 2015

The new terms of Apple’s deals with record labels for its new music streaming service are slowly leaking out.

The New York Times reports that Apple Music will pay labels 0.2 cents per stream during the service’s three-month free trial. Meanwhile, Billboard says music publishers, who control the songwriting rights for recorded music, will get 0.047 cents per stream during the free period.

That’s a turnaround from Apple’s initial plan, which was to pay rights holders nothing during the free three month trial. Pressure from independent labels and a widely shared blog post by Taylor Swift criticizing the policy compelled Apple to change course.

It’s unclear whether this plan to pay up during the free trial will affect Apple’s plan to offer 71.5% of total Apple Music subscription revenue to music rights holders. The figure would be slightly higher than Spotify’s rate of 70%.

This Is How Apple Teases All Its Huge Announcements

iTunes Launch On Windows, October 2003, Cupertino
iTunes launch on Windows, October 2003Apple
iTunes Launch On Windows, October 2003, Cupertino
iPod Nano, September 2005, Cupertino
5th Generation iPod, October 2005, Cupertino
iTunes 7 With Movies, September 2006, Cupertino
iPhone 2007 Macworld Invitation.
iPod Touch, September 2007, Cupertino
App Store and iPhone 3G 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference Invitation.
2nd Generation iPod Touch, September 2008, Cupertino
iPhone 3GS, 2009, Worldwide Developers Conference
3rd Generation iPod Touch, September 2009, Cupertino
iPad, 2010, Cupertino
iPhone 4, 2010, Worldwide Developers Conference
4th Generation iPod Touch, September 2010, Cupertino
Macbooks With Unibody-Design, September 2010, Cupertino
2nd Generation Macbook Air, October 2010, Cupertino
iPad 2, 2011, Cupertino
iPhone 4S, 2011, Cupertino
iBooks 2 & iBooks Author, January 2012, New York
3rd Generation iPad/strong>, 2012, Cupertino
Macbook Pro With Retina Display, June 2012, Worldwide Developers Conference
iPhone 5, 2012, Cupertino
iPad Mini, October 2012, Cupertino
iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C, 2013, Cupertino
iPad Air & iPad Mini With Retina Display, 2013, Cupertino
iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus & iOS 8, Cupertino
Apple Watch, March 2015, Cupertino
iTunes launch on Windows, October 2003
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