Apple will be paying record labels 0.2 cents for each song streamed by Apple Music customers during the initial three-month free trial period, reports The New York Times.
The rate is similar to what Spotify pays out for songs accessed through its free streaming tier and does not include a smaller payment made to music publishers for songwriting rights.
While Apple is still negotiating with publishers, another report, this one from Billboard, suggests the company will pay out another 0.047 cents per stream for song rights, for a total payment of approximately 0.247 cents for each song played by Apple Music customers.
Apple had initially planned not to pay record labels and song publishers anything during the three-month free trial period of Apple Music, however, it revised its plans following an outcry from musicians, most notably songstress Taylor Swift.
Many indie labels appear to be satisfied with Apple’s reversal, with both Beggars Group and Merlin Network signing deals with the Cupertino firm. Between them, the companies represent over 20,000 indie labels and distributors.
Apple Music officially launches next Tuesday, June 30. it will debut on that date in over 100 countries. Listeners will receive a free three-month trial, after which they will pay $9.99 per month for an individual subscription, or $14.99 per month for a family subscription allowing up to 6 listeners.