News Report

Intermediate level

Taylor Swift forces Apple music change

Episode 150622 / 22 Jun 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries. Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

a) Taylor Swift is going to pay technology company Apple for using her music for a three-month trial period.
b) Technology company Apple has agreed to pay musicians for a trial period for songs that customers download.
c) Technology company Apple is going to pay artists for their music during a three-month trial period.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are five definitions of key vocabulary which may help you.

streaming
listening or watching music or video directly from the internet without downloading

boycott
refuse to buy something from an organisation because you disagree with it

condemned
strongly criticised (something)

artists
(here) musicians and singers

trial period
amount of time when something is tested

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Still not sure? This time you can read the transcript. The answer's underneath.

The technology giant Apple has agreed to pay musicians for songs played on its new music streaming service after singer Taylor Swift threatened to boycott it over the issue.

She condemned Apple's decision not to pay artists during a three-month free trial period it's offering its customers.

Answer

The correct answer is:
c) Technology company, Apple is going to pay artists for their music during a three-month trial period.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio