Apple Music will pay rights holders 0.2 cents per free stream during its trial period

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Apple will pay rights holders 0.2 cents per stream of their tracks during the three-month free trial of its upcoming streaming music service, reports The New York Times. That’s similar to the payout rate that Spotify offers on its free tiers. It also doesn’t include a smaller fee for songwriting rights that goes to music publishers, which Apple is still negotiating. The company previously stated that it wouldn’t pay rights holders a dime for songs streamed during the free trial. Artists and labels alike were up in arms about the policy, as it meant that many new releases wouldn’t earn…

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