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Apple’s Swift response latest round of music industry restructuring

Thursday, July 02, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Donalee Moulton

The almost instantaneous capitulation of Apple Inc., one of the world’s most profitable companies, to the objections of pop music star Taylor Swift raises two critical questions. Why did Apple change its business model so quickly, and what does this mean for artists and songwriters moving forward?

The answer to the first question may well be a testament to both the cachet Swift wields and her global reach.

“It’s scary for any business to have this type of PR,” said Susan Abramovitch, an entertainment lawyer with...