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Apple bows before the power of Taylor Swift

Apple bows before the power of Taylor Swift
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You want USB ports on your new MacBook? Tough. You want universal input jacks on your iPhone? Too bad. You want removable storage in your iPad? No, that's not how Apple works.

Apple doesn't cave to consumer pressure, and rarely caves to industry pressure. You might remember Steve Jobs' famous refusal to raise prices on iTunes when the music industry demanded it.

It turns out there is one person Apple will cave for, however, and that's Taylor Swift. The mega-star singer took exception to a feature of Apple's new Apple Music streaming service.

Apple Music comes with a three-month free trial, and Apple said it wasn't going to pay artists for the use of their music while a customer was within that trial period. As you might imagine, the artists and record labels weren't happy about that.

Then Taylor Swift said she would withhold her latest album, "1989," from Apple Music. She also wrote a blog post to Apple expressing her displeasure.

Next page: Here's what the blog post said and what Apple did next
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