16 January 2015

Streaming music and payments to musicians

When Google Play Unlimited Access was announced, I subscribed. Partly because it had a good Android client with offline caching as well as a web client that worked with Linux, but also because it cost actual money, so I had a hunch it would pay artists reasonably well.

Apparently my hunch was correct:

Service Payout per play Source
Nokia $0.074110 [2]
Google Play $0.045730 [2]
Xbox music $0.036000 [1]
simfy $0.016260 [2]
Napster $0.015780 [2]
MediaNet $0.011400 [2]
Rhapsody $0.011220 [2]
Muve $0.008750 [2]
Spotify $0.008400 [1]
Deezer $0.007540 [2]
Rdio $0.006920 [2]
iTunes $0.003300 [1]
Pandora $0.001370 [1]
MySpace $0.000940 [2]
Beats $0.000126 [3]
Amazon $0.000120 [2]

The figures above for Xbox and Spotify are the higher of the two available; source [2] had lower values.

Here’s the obligatory graph:

Music payments graph

No surprises that Amazon pay the least. Almost as unsurprising is that Apple, who are basically a near monopoly in music downloads, also pay badly.

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