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August 28, 2012

Updated Spotify Artist/Label Per-Stream Payments
by David Harrell
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My 2011 post on Spotify payouts has received a ton of hits from a link in this NY Times piece on the royalties paid by Spotify and Pandora. So I thought it was time for some updated numbers, based on our most recent payouts from CD Baby.

For streams from August, 2009 to June, 2012, we've received an average per-stream payout of $.0046623 or .46623 cents, before CD Baby's 9% commission. The highest per-stream payout we've seen was $.011926 or 1.1926 cents and the lowest payout was $.0000237253 or .00237253 cents. (That's ignoring a handful of early "payouts" that rounded out to 0.0000000000 in CD Baby's accounting system!) My guess is that payout rates vary because of different Spotify plans (free and premium), differences in subscription prices for each region, and currency exchange rates.
Spotify Per-Stream Payments
August 2009 to June 2012

average: $.0046623
high: $.011926
low: $.0000237253
Keep in mind that these payouts are for self-released artists (or small labels) with digital distribution via CD Baby. The payout rates for the major label groups, which have an ownership stake in Spotify, may well be different.

It's difficult to discern a general trend in the payout rates over time, though, in most cases, the lowest rates were in 2009 and early 2010. The all-time high rate of $.011926 was for streams in November, 2011 and our most-recent payouts, for June, 2012, were $.008246668 per stream.

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August 24, 2012

Friday Flashback Fun: "Break It Up" by Carl Lewis
by David Harrell
I meant to post this during the Olympics, but better later than never! The best (worst?) music/athlete combination ever -- "Break It Up" by Carl Lewis:


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    "The Layaways make fine indie pop. Hushed vocals interweave with understated buzzing guitars. The whole LP is a revelation from the start." -- Lost Music

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