After indie labels flatly refused to play along, Apple finally agreed to pay a paltry $0.002 on every stream during its free trial period. But Apple, one of the richest companies in the world, is still paying nothing on free comp’d accounts, which includes freebie accounts used by Apple executives, partners, prospective advertisers, friends of Apple execs, and members of the media (and no, DMN isn’t on that list).
We know this because it’s clearly stated in the latest, updated Apple contract, leaked to DMN. It’s right below the part where they say they’ll be paying…
So when Apple CEO Tim Cook grabs a sandwich at Apple headquarters without reaching for his wallet, Apple still pays for the ham and cheese. But when Tim Cook — and every other Apple executive, associate, friend, and relative — streams a hours of music on Apple Music, Apple pays nothing.
Apple Music launches tomorrow, June 30th.