Both Swift’s label Big Machine Records and Apple have confirmed to BuzzFeed News that 1989 will not be available for streaming on Apple Music, as previously believed. However, older Swift albums, which are available on paid music streaming services including Rdio and Tidal will also be found on Apple’s upcoming music product.
1989 has sold almost five million copies since its launch last November, making it the best-selling album of both 2014 and 2015, at least so far.
Interestingly, the album has been shown on screen earlier this month at Apple’s WWDC event, further backing up earlier rumors that suggested Apple has somehow secured Swift’s 1989 album exclusively for Apple Music.
The artist did offer exclusive 1989 content to iTunes users in the past in the form of three bonus tracks, but Swift apparently isn’t ready to do the same thing when it comes to music streaming.
Even though Apple’s massive music catalog is an advantage over competitors, music fans won’t be able to find all the music they crave. In addition to Swift’s 1989, Beatles albums also won’t make it to Apple Music. Furthermore, other indie labels are reluctant to bring their artists to Apple Music, with Adele being one such example.