Don’t Give Apple Too Much Credit for Bowing to Taylor Swift

Apple is skilled at attracting praise. Often, it deserves that praise. This isn’t one of those times.


For Apple to prove it truly stands with artists, Rabhan says, it would have to fundamentally change the way these contracts are negotiated, striking deals directly with the artists instead of music labels. Until that happens, he argues, Apple has done little more than “put a Band-Aid on an open wound” that cuts across the industry.


“I would have never expected it to be her,” Rabhan says, “but Taylor Swift is the voice of artists right now in a sea of silence.”


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