Swift's victory over Apple praised by D'Wayne Wiggins, other artists

SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) --- When Taylor Swift blogs, Apple listens. At least, that's what happened when the pop star challenged the Silicon Valley giant with a letter on her Tumblr blog post titled "To Apple, Love Taylor." 

The post led the company to change course with their new Apple Music streaming service that is set to launch June 30th.

Swift is known more for her sweet pop sound than for being a crusader. Her letter to Apple criticized the company for offering customers a free three month trial but refusing to pay artists for their songs that ran during the trial period. 

For that reason, the blog stated that she would not release her "1989" album on Apple Music.

"I'm not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company," Swift wrote.

The statement said, "This is not about me." Instead, she wrote, she was speaking for the up and coming independent artists struggling to make ends meet.

"We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation," Swift's blog read.

"She makes more than enough money that she doesn't have to address this," said CNet.com senior editor Brian Tong. He says other artists had been protesting, but the issue attracted more notice with Swift's letter.

"Taylor Swift more than anything put her name, her brand behind this and kind of elevated it to the top and Apple doesn't want to get in a battle with T Swizzle," Tong said. "It looks like Taylor is the hero."

Other artists are applauding Swift. D'Wayne Wiggins of Oakland's own Tony! Toni! Toné! had high praise for the young artist.

"I say big up to Taylor on that one," Wiggins told KTVU. "It was classy and she approached it like a businesswoman and I'm surprised so young, to look at it from that angle."

Apple Vice President Eddy Cue responded with a message on Twitter. Cue's tweet read "#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming even during customer's free trial period."

He followed with another message, "We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple."

No word yet, whether Swift will reverse course and make her album available on Apple Music, after all.

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