Before we get into some stats on how much the various streaming services pay out for the play of a song, let’s remember that you cannot compare these payments to that of a sale of a song.
A stream is one listen by one person. A sale involved unlimited listens in perpetuity by
That being said, streaming payouts are very low. And remember that these rates are what’s demanded from the streaming companies by record labels and rights holders.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s go to the Trichordist, David Lowery’s blog about the concerns of the working musician. Every year, he issues his streaming price bible, a look at what each of the services pay out. I quote:
“This data set is isolated to the calendar year 2018 and represents a mid-sized indie label with an approximately 250+ album catalog now generating almost 1b streams annually. 2018 is the year we saw streaming truly mature as the dominant source of recorded music revenues.
In parsing the data provided we find that digital revenues are 86% of all recorded music revenues globally (RIAA Reports Digital Revenues as 90% of Total). Streaming is 80% (or more) of Digital Music Revenues. Downloads are about 20% of digital music revenues for the year,
There’s much, much more worth reading here. But let’s start with this chart.