Apple Music Wins Over Indie Labels

Apple Music has signed two major indie music rights holders Beggars Group and Merlin Network, which represent over 20,000 indie labels and distributors, reports Billboard.  This deal comes after Apple inc reversed course on a proposal to not pay royalties during test drives of a new streaming music service  after a rebuke from Taylor Swift.

In a letter to Merlin members reprinted by Billboard, CEO Charles Caldas wrote: "I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal."

A press release from Beggars Group also stated similar sentiments: "Over the last few days we have had increasingly fruitful discussions with Apple. We are now delighted to say that we are happy to endorse the deal with Apple Music as it now stands."

Apple Music's June 30 launch is just under a week away. Apple Music will also have exclusive songs, with a track by Pharrell Williams  reportedly set to launch with the service. The service will include a 24-hour human-curated radio station called Beats One and will require the new Music app shipping with the upcoming iOS 8.4 update. After the trial ends, the service will cost $10 a month for individuals and $15 a month for families of up to six people.

-Devashree Goenka