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Show Me the Money. How Much Are Streaming Services Paying You?

Top 5 music streaming services and their approximate amounts paid per stream based on publicly available information:


  1. Spotify: With over 365 million active users, Spotify is the largest music streaming service in the world. It operates in 178 countries and offers both free and paid subscription options. According to publicly available data. Spotify pays out an average of between $0.003 and $0.005 per stream to the artist or rights holder. However, the actual amount can vary depending on factors such as the artist's contract and the country where the stream occurs.

  2. Apple Music: Apple Music had around 72 million subscribers, and is the second-largest music streaming service in the world. It offers a catalog of over 75 million songs and also provides exclusive content and features to Apple users. Apple Music pays out an estimated $0.00735 per stream to the artist or rights holder, according to a report from Digital Music News.

  3. Amazon Music: Amazon Music had around 55 million subscribers and operates in 44 countries worldwide. It offers a range of subscription options, including a free version for Amazon Prime members. Amazon Music pays out an estimated $0.00402 per stream to the artist or rights holder, according to a report from Information is Beautiful.

  4. Tidal: Tidal is a music streaming service with approximately 3 million subscribers and operates in 56 countries worldwide. It boasts of bringing fans closer to artists and delivering high quality music. Tidal pays out an estimated $0.0125 per stream to the artist or rights holder, according to a report from Information is Beautiful. However, the actual amount can vary depending on factors such as the artist's contract and the country where the stream occurs.

  5. YouTube Music: YouTube Music had over 30 million subscribers, making it one of the fastest-growing music streaming services. It offers a mix of official and user-generated content and integrates with other Google services like Google Assistant and Google Home. YouTube Music pays out an estimated $0.00318 per stream to the artist or rights holder, according to a report from Digital Music News.




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