How Much Do Artists Make Streaming Songs Online?

September 6, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

Song artists better not want to be billionaires too $#!%ing bad. Matthew Panzarino found out how much an artist makes when we buy one of their songs through iTunes or other services. His findings include:

  • Streaming a song through iTunes makes an artist less than one third of a cent ($0.00330). This means that the song requires at least three plays just to make a penny.
  • Spotify pays more by almost paying a cent for each play ($0.009669).
  • But to list their songs artists need to pay an annual fee of $50. This means they need over 15,000 plays of their songs on iTunes just to break even (the number for Spotify is the somewhat better 5,171.)

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Source: The Next Web