Apple Music Trial Users – No Royalties on Music
Apple Music Trial Users can enjoy an extended period of FREE streaming of their favourite music, up to 3 months in fact.
Bud sadly while Apple Music Trial users get to do this, if this report by Fact Mag is correct and accurate, no royalties will be paid for these ‘streamers’.
Reportedly a leaked contract was obtained by Digital Music News which stipulates that “no license or royalty fees” will be due in connection with Apple Music trial accounts or complimentary accounts (i.e. free accounts for industry types and Apple employees).
Another point made in the original article also highlights the fact that Apple will only pay out 58% on subscription revenues which is considerably lower than the 70% that Spotify currently pays out to rights holders.
Apple Music was launched on Monday and it will be in direct competition with other streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal and Pandora.
It’s always the same old story with the music industry! The content providers – i.e. the music creators are left at the bottom of the food chain, living off the scraps.
I get the argument that these technology giants provide a massive market base to sell your wares on (in this case music) but it just seems that everybody from them to the labels, publishers, managers, promoters are all in line before the musician/music producer.
Now whilst Apple Music trial users are enjoying free music – which is a good thing, nobody gets paid! And let’s face it, the trial user thing is a marketing tool for them to convert customers and at the same time their database grows and grows on the back of the music providers’ product!
Result: Same as always. Whenever the music industry bean counters come up with another ‘great way’ to sell your music it’s always the content provider who has to take a knock while they try out their marketing concept!
Ah well, no point moaning. We’ll just suck it up, won’t we! Artists have gotten so used to being shafted and for every one that complains, there are dozens who will happily hand over their music in the hope it makes them famous…. or at least pays a few bills.
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