What Streaming Music Services Pay (Updated for 2019)

Find out how a lot you’ll earn from the most well-liked streaming music providers – Pandora, Napster, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and extra.

Early final yr, Digital Music News printed its streaming royalty payouts checklist.

Thanks to info from third-party web sites, we ranked streaming music providers in response to their per-stream fee.

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We discovered Pandora had the very best per-play royalty fee.  At $Zero.01682 per play, an unbiased artist would want round 87,515 performs to earn the US month-to-month minimal wage of $1,472.

YouTube had the worst per-stream payouts.  At $Zero.Zero0074 per stream, artists and content material creators would make $1,472 after 1,989,189 million performs.

Now, utilizing info gathered from actual artists and third-party web sites, we’ve up to date our streaming music providers payouts checklist.

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Take a glance.

Napster stays king of streaming music payouts, however at a extreme price.

Earlier this yr, with Microsoft’s Groove Music shutting down, Napster remained the king of streaming music service payouts.

The service had paid $Zero.01682 per play.  According to 2 sources – Information Is Beautiful and David Crosby – that quantity has steadily risen.  On common, Napster now pays out $Zero.019 per stream.  To meet the month-to-month minimal wage quantity within the US, an artist would want 77,474 complete performs.

With 5 million paying subscribers, the service loses round $7.00 per person.  Unlike its rivals, nevertheless, Napster stays a worthwhile streaming music service.

Jay-Z’s beleaguered TIDAL stays a high participant, no less than when it comes to payouts.

This yr, Jay-Z’s streaming music platform, TIDAL, has remained embroiled in a number of controversies.  These embody accusations of hacking customers’ accounts to inflate Beyoncé and Kanye West’s complete streams.

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Nevertheless, the service had remained pleasant to artists.  The service reportedly paid out $Zero.01284 per stream earlier this yr.  That quantity has barely fallen to $Zero.0125.  Artists on TIDAL now want 117,760 complete performs to earn $1,472.

Jay-Z’s streaming music service reportedly loses $6.67 per person with an annual lack of $28 million.

Apple Music takes third place.

Historically, Apple Music has paid artists a lot better than its streaming music rival, Spotify.

In 2017, the service paid $Zero.0064 per stream.  That quantity rose earlier this yr to $Zero.00783.

Today, that quantity has settled at $Zero.00735.  Artists on Apple Music would want round 200,272 performs to earn the US month-to-month minimal wage quantity.

With Apple intently guarding its person metrics, it stays unclear how a lot Apple Music loses every year on the service in addition to per person.

Don’t rely out GPM simply but.

Despite the introduction – and subsequent failure – of YouTube Music, Google Play Music (GPM) stays a powerful competitor within the streaming music market.  The search large doubtless gained’t shutter the service anytime quickly.

In 2017, the service paid $Zero.0059 per play to artists.  Earlier this yr, and proper behind Deezer, GPM paid $Zero.00611.  That quantity now stands at $Zero.00676 per stream.  Artists will want round 217,752 complete streams to earn $1,472.

Like Apple, Google intently guards GPM’s person metrics.  According to Information is Beautiful (IiB), Google Play Music has 10 million complete customers, with 5 million paying for the service.  It stays unclear how a lot GPM loses every year in addition to per person.

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Deezer falls to fifth place.

Launching a number of years in the past within the US, French-based streaming music service Deezer nonetheless doesn’t have a longtime presence within the nation.

Last yr, at $Zero.0056, the service topped GPM when it comes to payouts.  Earlier this yr, Deezer paid $Zero.00624.  That quantity has slowly risen to $Zero.0064, inserting it proper behind GPM.  Artists will want 230,000 complete performs to earn the US month-to-month minimal wage quantity.

According to IiB, the service has an annual lack of $27 million, shedding $1.69 per person.  Deezer reportedly has 16 million customers, with round 9.12 million – or 57% – paying for the service.

Spotify lastly beats Amazon.

Previously ranked because the service with one of many worst payouts, Spotify has steadily elevated its per-stream fee.

Last yr, the service paid out $Zero.0038 per play.  Earlier this yr, Spotify elevated its per-stream payouts to $Zero.00397.  The streaming music large now reportedly pays $Zero.00437 per play.  According to award-winning cellist and composer Zoe Keating, she acquired $Zero.00543 per play on common this yr.  At $Zero.00473 per play, artists will want round 336,842 complete performs to earn $1,472.

With over 191 million month-to-month lively customers, and 87 million subscribers, the service has misplaced over $584 million to this point this yr.  Per person, the service loses $2.68.

Amazon falls behind.

As with Napster, Apple, and Google, Amazon intently guards its person metrics.

Earlier this yr, The Trichordist discovered Amazon paid indie artists $Zero.0074 per play.  That quantity has now plummeted to $Zero.00402, inserting it behind Spotify.  Artists will now want round 366,169 complete streams to earn the month-to-month minimal wage quantity within the US.

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Pandora continues to battle.

Last September, Liberty Media’s SiriusXM lastly bought struggling digital radio service, Pandora Media.

The service has traditionally struggled to stay afloat.  It’s additionally paid indie artists dismal quantities when it comes to royalties.

Last yr, regardless of having the second-highest quantity of complete customers within the US, Pandora paid artists $Zero.0011 per play.  Earlier this yr, the digital radio service barely elevated that fee to $Zero.00134.  The firm has now settled at paying artists $Zero.00133 on Pandora Premium.  Artists will now want 1,106,767 complete performs on Pandora Premium simply to earn $1,472.

The service reportedly loses $250 million every year, with loss per person calculated at $three.09.  Pandora has over 81 million customers, with round 6.eight million subscribers.

YouTube pulls a U-Turn.

Historically, YouTube hasn’t ever been an artist-friendly platform, due to its horrendous payouts.

In 2017, the favored video platform paid $Zero.0006 per play.  Earlier this yr, the corporate elevated its fee to $Zero.Zero0074.

Executives have now pulled a U-Turn, selecting to pay artists $Zero.00069.  To earn the month-to-month minimal wage quantity within the US, artists will want round 2,133,333 complete performs on YouTube.

The video platform reportedly loses $174 million every year, with loss per person calculated at $Zero.17.

So, what’s our recommendation?

Once once more, please don’t ever make a career out of your earnings on the favored video platform.  Trust us.  You’ll remorse it.

You can try a fast infographic detailing every service’s payouts beneath.