By Jonathan Davies

Apple Music has changed its policy on paying artists during trial periods after pop star Taylor Swift said she would not allow the service to stream her album 1989.

On Sunday, the singer criticised the decision not to pay artists during a three-month free trial period for subscribers.

Apple executive Eddy Cue tweeted: "We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple"

"I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company," Swift said.

She said her complaint was on behalf of new and independent artists who couldn't afford to supply their music for free.

"Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing," the 25-year old said.

"We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation."

Apple now says it will pay artists during the three-month period.

Following the news, Swift tweeted: "I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us."

But it is not yet known if the singer will make her music available on the service.

Eddy Cue told Associated Press: "When I woke up this morning and I saw Taylor's note that she had written, it really solidified that we needed to make a change."