Spotify: How much do artist really earn?

June 4, 2015 5:16 PM

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Spotify: How much do artist really earn?

An analysis of data from December 2014 that Spotify recently released to music publishers shows that a song played on Spotify Premium—the ad-free service that costs listeners $10 per month—results in royalties worth 0.68 of a cent. If you think that’s a paltry sum, consider this: songs played on Spotify’s free service garner even less money: on average, 0.14 of a cent.

Because a song play on Spotify Free earns an artist about one-fifth as much as a play on Spotify Premium, the music streaming company is under pressure from some folks in the music industry to set restrictions on its free tier by limiting the music available to Free users, or by capping their song p...

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