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An Indie Label Shares What Spotify, Streaming Music Services Paid Them

Pennies(UPDATED) The Trichordist ("Artists For An Ethical Internet") has shared what it says are the streaming service play and payment stats for an independent label catalog of 87 albums with 1,280 Songs. These figures represent the current music streaming pay rates as of 12/31/11 "payable to artist/label via digital distributor for sales from Jul to Dec 2011".

  • Spotify: 798,783 = $4,277.39 = .005 = 140:1 iTunes Song Download
  • Zune: 15,159 = $437.58 = .028 = 25:1 iTunes Song Download
  • Napster (Now Part Of Rhapsody): 30,238 = $479.07 = .016 = 43:1 iTunes Song Download
  • Rhapsody: 50,822 = $668.57 = .013 = 53:1 iTunes Song Download

What not clear, is what % the distributor took.  More here.

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