Swift's 1989 album not on Apple Music

Since its October release, 1989 by singer Taylor Swift (above) has sold more than 4.9 million albums in the United States.
Since its October release, 1989 by singer Taylor Swift (above) has sold more than 4.9 million albums in the United States.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

Los Angeles - Pop star Taylor Swift will not be making her hit album 1989 available on Apple Inc's upcoming streaming service.

Apple Music, which will launch at the end of this month, will offer subscribers a large catalogue of songs for a subscription fee of US$10 (S$13) a month, but Swift's fifth studio album will not be offered on any streaming service, her label Big Machine Group said last Friday.

Representatives for Apple did not respond to requests for comment.

Swift pulled her entire catalogue of music from online streaming platform Spotify last November and refused to offer her latest record 1989 on streaming services, saying the business had "shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically".

The move paid off for the 25- year-old singer. 1989 has sold more than 4.9 million albums in the United States since its October release.

Swift's back catalogue remains available on streaming services that require a paid subscription, her label said.

Apple Music, unveiled earlier this month, will not offer a free, ad-supported on-demand streaming service like Spotify or Pandora.

The music industry has supported Apple bringing its vast music library to paid streaming and the company has said it will pay 70 per cent of the music subscription revenue to music owners.

Apple is also diving into the news business. Apple News, a new application that is part of the upcoming iOS 9 operating system, aims to be the primary news source for users of the iPhone and iPad - likely at the expense of sources such as Facebook and Google.

In a surprising move, Apple is hiring experienced journalists to manage its news feeds - marking a departure from the algorithmic process used by rivals.

Reuters, Agence France-Presse

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2015, with the headline 'Swift's 1989 album not on Apple Music'. Print Edition | Subscribe