- Forum: iPod + iTunes + AppleTV
Apple substitutes "artist" for IP holder.The royalties are paid to the IP holder, generally the label, and a far smaller portion to the songwriter. The reported split up to now has been 88% label and 12% songwriter. The recording artist isn't paid directly by Apple AFAIK unless they are also one of those two things, or in Swift's case both.And if "the other service with two free months" wasn't paying we would have heard about it. They aren't small.