On Monday morning, Swift published a new Apple Music ad depicting her listening to Jimmy Eat World song, “The Middle.” In just two hours, the one-minute video has secured two million views on Facebook, over 28,000 likes on her Twitter account, and 725,000 likes on Instagram.
The ad, titled “Getting Ready to Go Out,” features Swift trying to find a song as she gets ready to go out. She taps her iPhone’s Apple Music icon, finds a playlist on getting ready to go out, and chooses the Jimmy Eat World track. As she’s getting ready, Swift then sings along with the track. The song ends with the tagline, “Every song for every moment,” followed by an Apple Music logo.
The ad is the second Apple Music commercial this month to feature Taylor Swift. The first, released on April 1, quickly went viral on its own, featuring Swift running on a treadmill while listening to Drake’s “Jumpman.” The song quickly became a hit as millions of people around the world streamed the ad.
Swift, who set records and earned several awards for her successful1989album last year, has become critical to Apple’s efforts at promoting its fledgling music streaming service. Swift is one of the most iconic musicians in the world today, with an Instagram account boasting nearly 74 million followers and a Facebook page with just under 75 million likes. Apple has (seemingly and intelligently) latched onto Swift’s social train and used it to promote Apple Music.
The issue for Apple is that it’s currently facing a competitive market in streaming. The tech giant’s Apple Music service is believed to have over 11 million subscribers, which would be far below chief competitor Spotify’s nearly 30 million subscriber count. Apple also needs to consider other streaming providers, such as Jay-Z’s Tidal.
Still, Apple Music has an advantage. For one, it’s running on most iPhones and iPads around the world, and Apple Music is available via the company’s other hardware, including Macs and the Apple TV. Spotify typically needs to be installed in order for users to get it up and running on their devices.
Apple has also been able to sidestep most of the drama surrounding streaming music, thanks in no small part to not offering an ad-supported model. Indeed, Swift, along with Adele and others, did not offer their latest albums on Spotify because of its free version, which allows users to listen to tracks as long as they also listen to ads. Swift has been one of the more outspoken critics of that model, saying musicians should be paid fairly for their creations. Free services, she has argued, could hurt artists by limiting the royalties they earn off their tracks.