Ben Lovejoy. An enquiry has been opened in the UK into whether streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music pay artists a fair royalty. Apple Music pays more than both Spotify and YouTube on a per-stream basis, but artists say that the amount they receive from all streaming services is just a small percentage of a tiny sum …. BBC News reports. But many artists say the payments they receive are negligible. The inquiry will begin in November, and is seeking evidence from industry experts, artists and record labels as well as streaming platforms themselves.
3 Types of Streaming Payouts
Exactly how much streaming services pay out to musicians in royalties has always been a hot topic. In truth, there's no simple answer, but we'll try to explain how much your music could be earning in streaming royalties from platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and more as well as the different factors that affect royalty payments. There are lots of factors that affect how much money one stream is worth in royalties. The main factors include:. This makes things complicated when trying to predict what you'll earn in streaming royalties. Just choose a music platform, enter your predicted streams and check out the estimated royalties total in US dollars. But it does offer a nice ball-park figure to help you understand how much your streams are generally worth. As you can see, some music services pay out more than others. But keep in mind that some platforms with lower royalty rates may have more users and a wider reach. So a stream from certain platforms might actually be worth more in terms of reach, exposure and building your profile.
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Reported per-stream payouts from top music streaming services updated for ; click to enlarge. Based on information directly received from artists and indie labels, as well as various published sources, we can rank streaming music services according to their per-stream rate. Take a look.
Subscriber Account active since. Spotify and Apple Music are the two dominant players in the music-streaming market and they might seem the same to many consumers, with similar features and pricing. But because of the system by which artists are paid, they can vary wildly in the royalty rates they pay out.