Talks between Apple Music and the long-running independent label and distributor have stalled.

Beggar’s Group has published an open letter regarding its negotiations with Apple Music. The British company owns or distributes music for indie labels such as XL Recordings, 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade and more.

Two weeks out from the launch of Apple Music, Beggar’s Group have revealed in an open letter that they are at an impasse with the tech giant due to a disagreement over the free trial period requirements put forth by Apple.

“We have recently been in discussions with Apple Music about proposed terms for their new service,” the letter reads. “In many ways the deal structure is very progressive, but unfortunately it was created without reference to us, or as far as we know any independents, and as such unsurprisingly presents problems for us, and for our coming artist releases.”

The letter continues, “Whilst we understand the logic of their proposal and their aim to introduce a subscription-only service, we struggle to see why rights owners and artists should bear this aspect of Apple’s customer acquisition costs…We are also naturally concerned, as ever, as to whether we and you are being treated on a level playing field vis a vis the major labels and their artists.”

You can read the full statement here.

Apple Music’s list of detractors is growing, with Brian Jonestown massacre frontman Anton Newcombe recently criticising their royalty-free trial policy. In light of recent events, we’ve analysed whether or not Apple Music is proof that the company has stopped innovating.




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