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:

ServicePayout per playSource
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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