Streaming Price Index : Pay Rates as of 12/31/11

Streaming Price Index : Current Streaming Pay Rates as of  12/31/11

Payable to Artist/Label via digital distributor for sales from Jul to Dec 2011 *

Zune
15,159 = $437.58 = .028 = 25:1 Itunes Song Download

Napster
30,238 = $479.07 = .016 = 43:1 Itunes Song Download

Rhapsody
50,822 = $668.57 = .013 = 53:1 Itunes Song Download

Spotify
798,783 = $4,277.39 = .005 = 140:1 Itunes Song Download

* these figures are from an independent catalog of 87 albums / 1,280 Songs - BEFORE the distributor’s cut/fee.

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2 thoughts on “Streaming Price Index : Pay Rates as of 12/31/11

  1. Sooooo that’s a bit more than $4.50 per song, or almost $67 per album… over HALF A YEAR!?

    And that’s an established label, not even an independent band. Without the benefits imparted by a label, how exactly would streaming help out an indie band? It costs a bunch of money to even have your music up there to begin with, doesn’t it?

    Confused :/

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