Since Apple isn't sharing and any stats provided during a 90 day free trial would be suspect, we have no real idea how well Apple Music is doing. Tim Cook says "millions and millions" and one report claims that 10 million have signed up for a free trial. But signing up and using Apple Music are two different things, as stats from one indie music distributor suggest.
From A2IM: In the issue dated July 25, 2015, Billboard reported mid-year market share numbers – Indies continue to be #1 based on copyright ownership, the only appropriate market share definition.
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After more than 8 years at the helm of independent music's largest US based trade organization, A2IM, president Rich Bengloff is stepping down. Bengloff can be credited with successfully steering the organization during the music industry's difficult transition from CD's to downloads and now streaming.
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One by one yesterday, independent music trade groups and labels announced they would be signing revised contracts with Apple Music. It was a major victory for indies who had objected to Apple's plan not to pay royalties during their free trial, but it quickly became clear that they would still not be paying the full rate.
Recork the champagne and put your pen back in the drawer. When Apple exec Eddie Cue reversed course, promising Taylor Swift and the world that "artists will be paid" during its free 90 day trials, the indie music community rejoiced. But the reality of what Apple Music will pay is likely far less than expected.
Today French indie music trade group UPFI joined their US, UK, and French counterparts in denouncing Apple Music's 3 month free trial which would pay no royalties. "Apple may cause a loss of income which may be considerable for all labels whose activity is based on the release of new products," they wrote in an open letter to Apple.
The protests against Apple Music are growing. Upset over a 90 day free trial that returns no revenue to rights holders, US indie music trade group A2IM led the charge. AIM added the voices of UK labels including a particularly vocal Beggars Group. Now 1300 indies in the world's 3rd largest music market are also speaking out.
The indie chorus concerned about the effect of Apple Music's 90 day free trial is getting louder. In an open letter to the industry, Martin Mills, founder of one of Europe's biggest indies Beggars, joined US and UK trade groups A2IM and AIM in calling on Apple to change the policy. The letter also expressed concerns about Apple's new music social network CONNECT.