Apple Music has has a fair bit of publicity over the last week, the company did a u turn on its policy of not paying artists during their free trial period after Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to them.
Now it would appear that Apple changing its mind on paying for music streamed in its trial period has helped it sign more record labels and artists to Apple Music.
According to a recent report by Billboard, Apple has managed to sign Beggars Group and Merlin which will bring around 20,000 independent labels to Apple Music.
In a letter sent to Merlin members, CEO Charles Caldas writes, “I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal.”
Apple Music will launch later this month and the service will be free for three months, after that it will cost $9.99 a month for a single subscription and $14.99 a month for a family subscription.