What is Spotify's official pay per stream

Audio streaming: that's how much (or little) Spotify, Apple, Amazon and Co. pay

Payouts from streaming services have always been criticized: musicians complain about the low payouts per song playback. But how much do the different platforms actually pay?

The industry website Digital Music News has made estimates of the payouts of the most popular streaming platforms to musicians in 2019 based on data from the statistics website Information is Beautiful and that of the musician David Crosby.

The annual information provided by cellist Zoe Keating about her income was also included in the calculation.

The payouts

The following list ranks the streaming platforms in descending order from the highest payout per stream to the lowest based on the DMN numbers. The payouts are given in euros and dollars; the number of streams denotes the estimated number of streams that are required to reach the German minimum wage level (approx. 1560 €, rounded).

  • Napster: € 0.015 ($ 0.01682) - 104,000 streams
  • Tidal: € 0.012 ($ 0.01284) - 130,000 streams
  • Apple Music: € 0.0067 ($ 0.00735) - 232,836 streams
  • Google Play Music: € 0.0061 ($ 0.00676) - 255,738 streams
  • Deezer: € 0.0058 ($ 0.0064) - 268,965 streams
  • Spotify: € 0.0040 ($ 0.00437) - 390,000 streams
  • Amazon Music: € 0.0036 ($ 0.00402) - 433,333 streams
  • Youtube: € 0,00063 ($ 0,00069) - 2,476,190 streams

The figures given are average values ​​that are based on actual payouts and may vary from country to country. The streaming services do not provide any official information on the level of remuneration for artists. The values ​​are still the final distributions, i.e. after deductions by the labels, distributors, etc.

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