In a continuing frenzy of anti-Apple sentiment following a revelation that they would not pay any royalties during their three-month free trial, beginning 30th June, Beggar's Group writes an open letter voicing their concerns about Apple Music.

"We struggle to see why rights owners and artists should bear this aspect of Apple's customer acquisition costs," it states. You can read the full open letter at the end of this post.

Just yesterday Bon Iver's Justin Vernon expressed his disappointment with Apple. Now Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe has shared his slightly harrowing experience dealing with Apple directly, tweeting (and echoing William Blake's "dark Satanic Mills"):

Head over to his Twitter to read through Newcombe's whole series of tweets. Later, he shared the following statistics about Apple's cash reserves in comparison to the riches of actual countries – it's number one in the whole world:

To Beggars Group Labels Artists and Managers:

We thought it was time to update you on the situation with Apple Music, following speculation in the press, some of it ill-informed. Apple have been a wonderful partner for the last decade, and we confidently trust they will continue to be so. We have recently been in discussions with Apple Music about proposed terms for their new service. In many ways the deal structure is very progressive, but unfortunately it was created without reference to us, or as far as we know any independents, and as such unsurprisingly presents problems for us, and for our coming artist releases. We are naturally very concerned, especially for artists releasing new albums in the next three months, that all streaming on the new service will be unremunerated until the end of September. Whilst we understand the logic of their proposal and their aim to introduce a subscription-only service, we struggle to see why rights owners and artists should bear this aspect of Apple's customer acquisition costs.

And given the natural response of competing digital services to offer comparable terms, we fear that the free trial aspect, far from moving the industry away from freemium services - a model we support - is only resulting in taking the "mium" out of freemium.

We are also naturally concerned, as ever, as to whether we and you are being treated on a level playing field vis a vis the major labels and their artists. Additionally, we have reservations about both commercial and practical aspects of the Artist Connect area. It is a mistake to treat these rights as royalty free, especially in the light of recent licenses with services like Soundcloud.

At the moment we do not have an agreement with Apple Music that would allow us to participate in the new service. However, we very much hope that the obstacles to agreement can be removed, for us and for independent Merlin-member labels as a whole, and that we will be able to fully support this potentially exciting new service in the coming days.