I guess we shouldn't be surprised based on this tweet from Tim Cook.Tim Cook @tim_cook Jun 21My thoughts are with the victim's families in SC.Let us honor their lives by eradicating racism & removing the symbols & words that feed it.
So now Apple made a statement and said they're only removing apps where the flag was used in an offensive or mean-spirited way. From the ones we know about that were removed I don't see what was offensive or mean-spirited.
If some gay rights activist shut up a Christian church while waving the rainbow flag with Tim Cook call for the rainbow flag to be banished? That's how freaking ridiculous this is.
Yep. My guess is more artists will ban new releases from streaming services for a period of time so they force people to buy the album and once they've gotten most of the album sales they're going to get then they put it up on streaming services.
Another reason why this is looking more like a PR stunt to me: 1989 is not a new album. It was released last October. It was never available on Google Play music even though up until this past week Google had no "free" tier. To date the album has sold over 4 million copies. Of course Swift can bring it to Apple Music now after it not being available for 6+ months so she could rack up huge album sales. Let's see if her next album shows up on streaming services on day one.
I didn't think so initially but I'm definitely leaning that way now. Especially with the story I saw on The Loop that said Apple has been working on this issue for weeks. And on CNBC the other day Nixxi Sixx from the band Motley Crue said negotiations had been going on for the past 12 days. So Eddy responding to Taylor (and doing it via Twitter) sure seems like PR. Or as a former Pandora executive called it, "theater".
Actually you can't as Apple music isn't live yet. And I did say you can stream it from Google Play Music if you bought it. As far as exclusivity there is a reason Swift specifically mentioned it so I would expect this album to come to other services shortly after it's on Apple Music.
Except Apple didn't ban apps that were selling the Confederate flag. These were civil war games. You can't ban history. And since the guy who killed these nine people did so with a gun should Apple ban any games on the App Store that involved shooting and guns?
Even if it's not on any other service right now, Swift says it's not an Apple Nusic exclusive so she'll have no choice but to bring it to other services.
Another reason I'm coming around to this being a PR stunt is other services do pay during free trials so it's not like Apple is doing something nobody else is doing. As far as we know what they're paying during the trial is similar to what Spotify and others pay.