Apple has reportedly signed a deal with indie music label Beggars and the Merlin rights group. Apple continues on its quest to register interest and support for its music streaming service.
According to Billboard, Apple has closed a deal with both companies for the upcoming Apple Music, which could prove to be a rather big deal. Beggars owns numerous independant labels, while the Merlin Group represents tens of thousands of labels and distributors, licensing content to various services like YouTube and Spotify.
Merlin CEO Charles Caldas sent the following in an email to members of the group:
"I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal."
The move comes just days after Apple caved into Taylor Swift's plea to alter how the company managed its free trial, opting now to pay artists for each track played. Other labels and companies remain in talks with Apple over the company's upcoming music service, so Apple clearly has some way to go yet.