How Much Money Is Music Streaming Actually Worth? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Spotify-vs-pandora-whats-the-best-app-for-streaming-musicThe ways in which music streaming services generate revenue and how that revenue is divided has been a topic of both controversy and confusion. This article helps break down how much money is made from streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, and how it is divided.


Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0

There's a lot of confusion in the marketplace about how much a music stream is worth. To say that it's a complicated issue is an understatement.
It depends upon all of the following factors:

  • What type of service (interactive like Spotify, or non-interactive like Pandora)
  • Which tier (free or paid subscription)
  • Which territory it's played in (they all pay different royalty rates)
  • Your marketshare (on Spotify you get paid more if you get played more)

As you can see, it's impossible to say exactly what each stream is really worth, and the best we can do is get an average. Billboard has done just that with a great infographic that gives you an approximate worth of a stream coming from Spotify and Pandora.

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  1. Wow…..the PRO’s don’t get much from Pandora, do they..? And the songwriter’s cut from 1 spin on Pandora is 2.6 THOUSANDTHS of a penny? can this be correct? That’s basically 400 spins on Pandora before the songwriter reaches one… measly… penny!
    ..wonder what the payout is for terrestrial stations..

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