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Apple Music gets Freedom by Pharrell Williams as its first exclusive track

Pharrell Williams will provide one of the first of Apple Music's exclusives with the new track "Freedom". The song made an appearance during the Apple Music announcement at WWDC, and can be heard as part of Apple's Worldwide video promoting Music. Pharrell announced that the track would be exclusive to Apple's upcoming streaming music service on Twitter:

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In the run up to the Apple Music unveiling, it was said that Apple was trying to negotiate exclusive deals with artists, and the debut of Pharrell's single on their service is undoubtedly the product of that. Apple is also said to be pursuing deals with artists like Taylor Swift and Florence and the Machine.

You'll be able to listen to the full song when "Freedom" launches with Apple Music next Tuesday, June 30.

Source: Pharrell Williams (Twitter), via 9to5Mac

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • Guess that apple watch edition they gave him was worthwhile Sent from the iMore App
  • Wow, I was really expecting something great. What a boring song, there is literally nothing to it...which means the teeming masses will surely make it his next hit. It's a shame that artists with true talent can't even make it these days in this world of autotune madness. The public can't understand anything more musically complex than I, IV, V, I.
  • Gross. Apple can keep that exclusive.
  • Ew. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Lol way to go Apple. Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • It's on YouTube, which means it's already available for streaming (audio-only, playing in the background) on your phone/tablet if you're a Google Music All Access subscriber. So much for being an exclusive. And one more thing: it's an awful song.
  • I hate the game these companies play with exclusives. It one of the reasons people hate Tidal so much >:(