Apple has attempted to recruit as many artists as possible to boost the initial catalogue when Apple Music launches. Despite best efforts, Taylor Swift’s 1989 album will not be available.
Taylor Swift’s latest album, which was released six months ago, is not currently available on any music streaming service and her stance is not looking to change with the launch of Apple Music, according to BuzzFeed. The publication received confirmation from Big Machine Records and Apple. According to the report, only Swift’s previous catalogue of albums will be available.
“In November, she removed all of her music from Spotify, the most popular on-demand streaming service, arguing that its free version devalues the art form. The Big Machine rep said there are currently no plans to release 1989 to any streaming service in the near future, a strategy which forces consumers to either pay for the album in stores or procure it through other means.”
She’s not alone when it comes to being skeptical about free trials and it’s certainly not harming Swift’s bottom line either. While the win of 1989 would have helped Apple stand out from the crowd to Swift fans and the like, the outcome was expected given the artist’s ability to shift millions of albums worldwide.