How Taylor Swift is Snubbing Apple in One Huge Way

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When Apple launches its music streaming service at the end of June, its library will have least one glaring commission.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 — the bestselling LP of 2014 — won’t be available on Apple Music, her reps confirmed to BuzzFeed. The pop star’s latest album hasn’t yet been made available on any subscription streaming service.

Swift became the posterchild for artist frustration with the streaming business model when she removed her entire catalogue from Spotify last fall. The singer told TIME in November last year that she doesn’t feel Spotify values her music. “On Spotify, they don’t have any settings, or any kind of qualifications for who gets what music,” she said. “I think that people should feel that there is a value to what musicians have created, and that’s that.”

Her older albums are still available on competing streaming services that don’t have such a robust free tier, and they’re expected to be on Apple Music as well.


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