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August 5, 2015

More bad blood as Taylor Swift’s Spotify battle intensifies

Swift said ‘Spotify is a start-up with no cash flow’.

By CBR Staff Writer

The bad blood between pop sensation Taylor Swift and music streaming service Spotify further intensified after Taylor said that Apple treated artists better than Spotify.

In the September issue of Vanity Fair, Taylor said in an interview: "Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about.

"And I found it really ironic that the multi-billion-dollar company reacted to criticism with humility, and the start-up with no cash flow reacted to criticism like a corporate machine."

After coming to know that Apple does not pay a penny to artists for music that is streamed during the trial period, Taylor wrote an open letter to Apple Music criticising their decision and decided to pull her album from Apple Music.

Apple Music was launched in June and it is a paid streaming service with an exception of first three months trial where users get to listen to the free music on the service.

However, after the letter was published, Apple decided to change the policy and pay proper compensation to the artists.

Taylor took similar steps with Spotify claiming that the steaming service did not pay enough to the artists. However, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek defended the service but did not alter the policies.

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