27 Jun 15 – Taylor Swift: Apple Blinks
June 26, 2015 at 5:46 PM #3613June 27, 2015 at 8:18 AM #3614
I wonder why for some professions and with some people the expectation is to work for free. Without consent, use of that music is copyright infringement. Some company like Apple can have a promotion, but I don’t get why they expect the artists to participate in their promotion with them. They’ve already done the work, and it’s generally societally agreed that they get paid for their work on a per recording (e.g. CD) or per performance/stream basis. (I’m also saying that doesn’t preclude other revenue models from being used, but that’s what we do now.)
To make an analogy, let’s look at Harbor Freight’s frequent promotion of giving away a small LED flashlight with a coupon. Their reason for doing this is to get people into their stores to see all that they sell/offer, a pretty much standard loss leader. Should the flashlight manufacturer be forced to participate with them by providing free flashlights? I say, I don’t think so, that’s all on Harbor Freight.
Re: Steve Jobs, I don’t think Steve being Steve would have anything to do with it, I think those artists were about at their breaking points anyway.
June 27, 2015 at 9:24 AM #3616
- This reply was modified 2 years ago by RChandra.
One of the other things Taylor is a professional at, is breaking up with boyfriends. She is as good at keeping boyfriends as Microsoft is at positive public relations.
That said, Apple wasn’t about to become yet another in her line-up of break-ups.
And that sure makes them whipped.
I am not a fan (at all), but, she’s completely right of course. Common sense, and kudos to her for making a stink; it was warranted. (And where are the rest in her industry doing the same? Or is she the only one with the leverage and the kahonas?)
And, she’s nicer to look at than a babbling Lars Ulrich.
Apple made the right decision. I do not think any less of them.
But that’s not saying much, since I never think of them at all anyway.
A common, good-for-nothing, Windows WhinerJune 27, 2015 at 9:34 AM #3617
I’m not a huge Taylor Swift fan. She promised backstage passes to a guy named Charles but reneged on the offer because he was of the wrong demographic.
I wonder why for some professions and with some people the expectation is to work for free…
I’m pretty sure the trial period would have been part of a contract, Apple isn’t crazy. To be fair, Apple was offering 71.5% of subscription revenue after the three months, which is above industry standards.
Taylor was smart about this, if you want a big company to capitulate, enlisting the Twitter and Tumblr outrage mobs is a proven tactic.
I don’t think Steve being Steve would have anything to do with it
It’s a meme. Don’t let Nick troll you 🙂
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