While they should have made sure artists were getting paid in the first place, Apple handled Taylor Swift's calling out "extremely well," iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman said Tuesday.
"Nobody gets it right 100 percent of the time," Pittman said in a CNBC "Squawk on the Street" interview at the Cannes Lion Festival. "Taylor spoke out as she should because we should make sure the artists are compensated and paid for their creativity. Otherwise, they can't afford to do it."
On Monday, Apple said it would be paying artists during Apple Music's three-month free trial period after Swift said she would be holding out her "1989" album from the streaming service.
Pittman added that he expected Swift to remain at the forefront of these issues. "She's very smart, and she's very articulate. She articulated the message from the other folks very clearly," he said.