Taylor Swift’s 1989 won’t be on Apple Music – but will be on iTunes

The biggest-selling album of 2014 won’t be available to stream on Apple Music when it arrives on June 30.

Big Machine Records has confirmed that Taylor Swift’s 1989 will remain off the streaming service – but her back catalogue will be on the platform.

1989 will continue to be available for purchase on iTunes.

We will have to wait and see if it appears on Apple Music when its much-debated three-month free trial period is over.

Taylor Swift hit headlines last November when she pulled her entire catalogue from Spotify.

With the exception of 1989, her albums remain available on streaming services which only allow paying customers to enjoy on-demand listening such as Rdio.

Swift wrote in The Wall Street Journal in July 2014: “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable.

“Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is.

“I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.”

Spotify founder Daniel Ek directly replied to Swift in his own blog post shortly after her catalogue disappeared from Spotify.

He wrote: “Taylor Swift is absolutely right: music is art, art has real value, and artists deserve to be paid for it.

“We started Spotify because we love music and piracy was killing it.

“So all the talk swirling around lately about how Spotify is making money on the backs of artists upsets me big time.”

Earlier this month, Spotify confirmed that it has attracted 20m paying customers out of a total active user base of 75m.Music Business Worldwide

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