New Analysis of Streaming Payouts From The Leading Services

Before clicking on the big link above, take a guess at which streaming service pays out the most, on a per-stream basis.  Wait.  Before you even do that, try to name at least 5 (Five) [V] {12-7} streaming services.  We’ll spot you Spotify (Get the joke?  Of course you did.  You’re full of brilliance.).  Now come up with 4 more.

The big deal here is the disparity between the service the pays the most and the one that pays out the least.  Two key takeaways:

1.  This is only sound recording portion of the royalty and doesn’t include publishing (which is about 10x smaller).

2.  If you’re an indie artist, you’re seeing the entire amounts quoted. If you’re signed to a label, you’re probably only seeing about 25%, depending upon your deal.

Big thanks to Doc Esteban Marcone for passing along this link.  Now click!

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Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music Management & Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University. He is the co-host of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & More, which airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too).  Your favorite professor is also co-author (with Dr. Steve Marcone) of Managing Your Band – 6th Edition.  Reach him at or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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