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The Love Story between Taylor Swift and Apple Music

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When Apple announced 3-month free trial to users, Taylor Swift said she felt shocking and disappointed without being paid, later Apple Music adopted her demand. In December 2015, Swift's 1989 World Tour Documentary became Apple Music's first big video exclusive. In April 2016, Swift made an ad for Apple Music based on true events. Learn more details between Taylor Swift and Apple Music here. And if you subscribed Apple Music and want to enjoy Taylor Swift's songs everywhere, get the software below.

Who is Taylor Swift?

It's no doubt that Taylor Swift is one of the world's biggest pop stars. But actually there are many labels on Taylor Swift, such as one of the smartest business women in music industry, one of the main reasons today's younger generation is gaining a new appreciation for country music, one of the most intelligent and clever songwriters in the world's history and more.

According to public information, Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989 and known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. If you Google Taylor Swift, you will be sure to learn more information.

Taylor Swift

In this article, we only focus on Taylor Swift's activities on Apple Music. It's as wonderful as a Hollywood movie. If taken Apple Music as a man, then there must be a love story between Taylor Swift and Apple Music. Let's look into the details based on timeline.

June 2015: Taylor Swift Felt Shocking and Disappointed on Apple Music's Free Trial

When Apple announced 3-month free trial to attract users and quietly told labels that artists wouldn't be seeing any royalties for those streams, Taylor Swift wrote Apple Music an open letter on 4:00 AM and we have copied 2 parts from the letter.

"I'm sure you are aware that Apple Music will be offering a free 3 month trial to anyone who signs up for the service. I'm not sure you know that Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company."

"But I say to Apple with all due respect, it's not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."

If you are interested in entire letter, you can simply Google "Taylor Swift Apple Music letter". A few days after Taylor Swift's Apple Music letter, Apple announced that it would in fact pay artists, record labels, and publishers for streams during the trial period.

June 2015: Taylor Swift Felt Right in Her Gut to Stream Album on Apple Music

After Apple's announcement of paying for free trial, Taylor Swift announced via Twitter that 1989 would stream for the first time on Apple Music alongside her back catalogue.

Taylor Swift album 1989 artwork

"After the events of this week, I've decided to put 1989 on Apple Music...and happily so." — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 25, 2015

"This is simply the first time it's felt right in my gut to stream my album. Thank you, Apple, for your change of heart." — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 25, 2015

Taylor Swift also noted that 1989 was not an Apple Music exclusive in any contractual sense, she just didn't want to put the album on any other services yet. However, for a long time, It was actually exclusive on Apple Music.

December 2015: Taylor Swift's 26th birthday & Apple Music's first big video exclusive

On December 13, 2015, which happened to be Taylor Swift's 26th birthday, Taylor Swift announced that she was releasing the film documenting her 1989 World Tour exclusively on Apple Music. Actually, the 1989 World Tour started back in May 2015 and ended on December 12, 2015, just one day before her birthday, it was really a perfect timing.

Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour

Taylor Swift also wouldn't forget to tack on an @AppleMusic when she promoted her masterpiece.

"Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes. I have a little surprise for you. #1989WorldTourLIVE @applemusic https://t.co/actZbWBt4R" — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 13, 2015

"Celebrate with us December 20 on @AppleMusic #1989WorldTourLIVE pic.twitter.com/oksxT1q6pM" — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 17, 2015

April 2016: Taylor Swift's Apple Music AD "Based on true events"

On April 1 morning, Taylor Swift tweeted a short advertisement for Apple Music and she claimed it was based on true events, however, many people didn't believe it was true. It happened to be April Fool's Day, but maybe Taylor Swift had no need to fool anybody.

Taylor Swift Apple Music AD

In the video, Taylor Swift was preparing for a run. Her cat eyeliner was perfect, and her hair looked like it had recently been tended to by a professional. She selected an Apple Music-curated playlist called "#GYMFLOW" and started with the song "Jumpman," from Drake and Future's recent mixtape What a Time To Be Alive. She knew all the words and it got her really pumped up as she was running on the treadmill.

So do you believe it's true or only for promoting Apple Music? Below was her tweet.

"Based on true events. #TAYLORvsTREADMILL @applemusic @Drake @1Future https://t.co/ryUY3Yz7Pr https://t.co/1eIHjoVIFU" — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) April 1, 2016

June 2017: Apple Music Lost Exclusive Streaming Deal with Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's entire catalogue was back on Spotify, Pandora and Google Play Music. As to Tidal, Taylor Swift's all music expect 1989 was on Tidal before, and finally 1989 was added to Tidal as well.

As stated above, Taylor Swift objected to free trial on Apple Music without being paid, but now she allowed her music on Spotify's free tier. It's no doubt that Taylor Swift's latest move was a huge blow to Apple Music.

Anyhow, Taylor Swift has contributed a number of fans to Apple Music. As one of the smartest business women in music industry, Taylor Swift's behaviors to maximizing the benefits is nothing we can criticize.

Solution for Apple Music Subscribers to Enjoy Taylor Swift's Songs on Any Devices

If you are an Apple Music subscriber, it's likely that you have added album 1989 and other Taylor Swift's songs or albums to your library. If you try to sync the downloaded Swift's songs to an iPod Nano or an iPod Shuffle or iPod Touch 4, you will get a message telling you "Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod". Also, your MP3 players or PSP won't recognize Apple Music tracks with *.m4p extension because they are encrypted by Apple.

Here we introduce TuneMobie Apple Music Converter for you to solve the problems. With Apple Music Converter, Apple Music subscribers can easily enjoy Taylor Swift's songs on iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, PSP, PS3, Xbox and any MP3 players.

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter interface

Below are the amazing features of TuneMobie Apple Music Converter.

  • Convert Apple Music tracks to MP3, M4A, AC3, WAV, FLAC, AU and MKA
  • Preserve ID tags like title, album, artist, genre, artwork, track number, etc. in output MP3 and M4A
  • Convert a bunch of Apple Music songs to specific format at up to 16X faster conversion speed
  • Specify rules for output file names and folders by using ID tags and characters instead of default name
  • Extract audio from M4V movies, TV shows, music videos and home videos
  • Built-in search box to help you find out any songs quickly
  • Convert any Apple Music songs, albums or playlists added to library without downloading (only on Windows & macOS 10.13 or higher)
  • Extremely easy-to-use interface with iTunes library and iTunes-like playlist integrated
  • Support latest Windows 10, Catalina and iTunes without any compatible problem

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