Apple Music’s royalty-free trial period puts indie labels at risk

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Apple Music, the tech giant’s new streaming service is set to launch June 30th. In the run up to its release, big name labels have already joined the fray, but Apple has yet to secure any independent record labels. Although Apple is reportedly offering higher than average 71.5% to 73% of the revenue to copyright owners, they have to endure a revenue-free trial period, first.

Apple could be starting its new industry relationships off on the wrong foot by offering a three-month trial period for its streaming service. The move is good for users but rubs some rights holders the wrong way. As Apple won’t be earning any subscription revenue from individual users during that time, it won’t be paying out to labels either. That’s right. Under Apple’s contracts, reportedly, the music owner won’t see a dime from the trial period.

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