iTunes is the big dog when it comes to paid music downloads. No question about it. In music streaming, Spotify is the leader. Obviously Apple wants a slice of that pie, so they launched Apple Music, a competing service meant to leverage the Apple brand to appeal to users. It’s a good move, but not without it’s problems.
Not every artist on iTunes will want to sign with Apple Music. As we recently reported, Taylor Swift’s 1989 album is available on iTunes for purchase, but the artist says that her album will not be available on Apple Music.
Since then there have been rumors suggesting that Apple may be threatening its iTunes artists that if they don’t come on board, and that Apple will remove them from the iTunes Store. Well, this rumor has since been denied by Apple.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, the Apple rep confirmed that artists on iTunes will not be removed even if they choose not to allow their music to be streamed on Apple Music. It does look like Apple is having a hard time getting artists on board. Over in the UK, it looks like none of the indie labels want anything to do with Apple Music, mostly because of the 3-month trial period offered by Apple. During that time they will not be paid anything.