Music Streaming Royalty Reports

How much do music streaming services pay rights holders?  The Music Streaming Index’s purpose is to collate data from streaming platforms around the world, and publish them on a regular basis.   If you would like to contribute to the project, or if you have any questions or requests please contact:   tom@musicstreamingindex.com.

Tidal Royalties June 2015 – November 2015

Some territories (NO,US and PL) show a variety of different royalty values in any given month. For the Norwegian numbers and perhaps the Polish too, for which in some months there are up to 4 different values, it may represent subscribers to the older WIMP platform which was still running last year. It may also represent the subscription types. Tidal offers Hi-fidelity Subscription, Premium Subscription and also a free 1 month trial. All numbers are rounded up and down to 4 decimal places. The top paying streams from this data were from Norway in November 2015, though the Norwegian prices varied a lot. Over the period, listeners in the UK were particularly valuable with the lowest UK stream paying at $.0253 and the top stream paying at $.0309.

TerritoryDate of StreamPay Per Stream in US$
GBJune 2015.0299
DKJune 2015.0242
USJune 2015.0117 / .023
HUJune 2015.0110
NOJune 2015.0265 / .0098
DEJune 2015.0071
PLJune 2015.0125
CAJune 2015.0152
PLJuly 2015.0113 / .0074
SEJuly 2015.0208
NOJuly 2015.0086
SGJuly 2015.0097
USJuly 2015.0200 / .0115
NOJuly 2015.0252
CAJuly 2015.0134
DKAugust 2015.0223
AUAugust 2015.0198
SGAugust 2015.0163
PLAugust 2015.0151
USAugust 2015.0228 / .0143
DEAugust 2015.0085
BEAugust 2015.0158
NOAugust 2015.0088
CAAugust 2015.0138
SEAugust 2015.0208
USSeptember 2015.0243 / .0259
GBSeptember 2015.0309
DESeptember 2015.0191
SGSeptember 2015.0180
PLSeptember 2015.0135 / .0104
FISeptember 2015.0186
NOSeptember 2015.0091 / .0161 /.0254
PLNovember 2015.0051
ITNovember 2015.0154
NONovember 2015.0082 / .0142 / .0474 / .0521
DENovember 2015.0077
BENovember 2015.0133
GBNovember 2015.0253
USNovember 2015.0228 / .0134
SENovember 2015.0177
AUNovember 2015.0152
NLNovember 2015.0114
FINovember 2015.0161
LUNovember 2015.0246
MXNovember 2015.0058
CANovember 2015.0121
CHNovember 2015.0201

Akazoo GR Per Stream Values January 2015 – April 2015

How much does Akazoo Pay per stream

Akazoo GR Per Stream Values January 2015 – April 2015

A month can make a great difference when it comes to streaming royalties. The graph above shows streams from Greece on the Akazoo platform. 100 streams in april 2015 would have generated $4.82 in royalties. 100 streams in February 2015 would have generated $1.32.

The table below shows Akazoo payments in Euros. The exchange rate (€ to US$ in this case) can effect the per stream rate received by artists and labels.

Akazoo pay per stream

Akazoo GR Royalty Reports

Spotify Royalties For Streams made in January 2016

Spotify Premium Per Stream Royalty Value January 2016

Spotify per Stream values January 2016

The graph above shows the value of Spotify premium streams, made in January 2016. Most territories from this data, show a per stream value around, or just above, the half a cent mark. Subscribers in New Zealand were particularly valuable to artists and labels in January with a return of 1.24 cents per stream.

Spotify Free Ad Supported Stream Values January 2016

Spotify Free per stream values January 2016

Spotify Free users in the US were more valuable than free users elsewhere in the world in January 2016.

Guvera Per Stream Values

Guvera Music Streaming Royalties

Guvera Pay Per Stream

The Best Per stream price received was made in Singapore (SG) in December 2014, which was $.021946. The lowest value streams ($.000151) were made in Singapore in September 2014. The significant price variations could reflect the free and subscription user accounts, as well as the relative subscription costs from territory to territory.

TerritoryHighest received Pay Per Stream in US$
Singapore.021949
Australia.013065
Indonesia.004182
Peru.00101
Russia.000669

Juke Territorial Variations

These values are taken from streams in June 2015.  A single stream from Switzerland pays at over 10 times the price of a single stream from the Netherlands,  and at over 16 times the price of a single stream from Italy.

TerritoryPay Per Stream in US$
Switzerland.0678
Netherlands.0063
Italy.0042

Tidal Territorial Per Stream Royalty Variations Q1 and Q2 2015

I have excluded streams that paid at $.0016 and below because they would have been made during the trial period, and therefore come in at a fraction of the paid subscription price.  All streams were made in  Q1 and Q2 2015.  The UK has the best per stream rate.  The top paying price from the UK was $.0311 per stream in March.

Tidal TerritoryPay Per Stream in US$
United Kingdom.0273
Norway.0230
Denmark.0200
USA.0190
Sweden.0167
Germany.0150
Singapore.0100

Latest Prices

These are the highest prices reported by each store in the period between the 29th May 2015 and the 3rd of July 2015.  The reports are for streams in March and April 2015 except KKBox and Nokia Mix Radio (October – December 2014) and Spinlet (January – March 2015).

Streaming PlatformPay Per Stream in US$
Xbox Music.0749
Google Play.0195
Qriocity/Sony.0177
Deezer.0168
Media Net.0130
Spotify.0125
Rdio.0118
JB Hifi.0073
Rhapsody.0071
KKBox.0051
Amazon Cloud.0047
Spinlet.0038
Juke.0036
Nokia Mix Radio.0022
Youtube.0012

Spinlet – A worldwide flat quarterly rate

Spinlet pays an identical rate accross all territories.  The latest report for Q1 2015 show streams from Mali (ML), Rwanda (RW), Jamaica (JM), Thailand (TH) and the USA (US) among others all paying an identical $.0038 price per stream for the quarter.

Spinlet Q1 2015 Report - musicstreamingindex.com

Spinlet Q1 2015 Report – musicstreamingindex.com

iTunes Album Sales vs Album Streams

The default price of selling an album on itunes through Tunecore is $9.99. From one sale, at this price, a Tunecore artist receives $7.

The table below shows what a rights holder would have earned for a 12 track album play, and how many streams it would take on each platform to make a rights holder $7, and how many full album listens, of a 12 track album, will make $7 on each platform. $7 is the rights holders share of income from an album sale on iTunes.

The territory and level of subscription are important factors here, as ever.  Most are the UK prices, except Juke (Italy), KKBox (Singapore), Wimp (Germany) and JB Hi-fi (Australia).

Nokia Mix Radio is not applicable because you can not stream an album on demand from this platform.

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Spotify’s .00153 Fixed Price

Spotify’s royalty formula is not used to calculate all prices as there is a fixed .00153 price that appears in reports every month from territories including Argentina (AR),  Mexico (MX),  Spain (ES),  Italy (IT) and the Philippines (PH).  Its regularity certainly indicates that it is a pre-agreed price, with the value for European nations in Euros, and rest of the world nations in US$.  The Tunecore reports below show .00153 appearing between September 2014 and February 2015.

 

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Spotify Fixed Rate Sep ’14 – Feb ’15 – musicstreamingindex.com

Spotify’s Royalty Formula:

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Spotify-Royalty-Formula

 

Territory/Account Type/Stream Value

  • For Streams made between May 2014 and March 2015

 

 

Account Territory/Type Per Stream Royalty/Currency Per Stream Mean Value in US$ (exchange rate 14/06/15)
UK Deezer Premium €.0116376667 $.0131
UK Deezer Free €.000376 $.0004
UK Google Play All Access £.011821 $.0184
UK Xbox Music Pass £.0553196 $.0861
AU JB Hifi .0137386 AUD $.0106
SG KKBox .008372 SGD $.0062
UK Sony Music Unlimited £.0102842 $.0160
UK Spotify Premium €.01117175 $.0125
UK Spotify Free €.000511 $.0006
UK Spotify Capped Rate €.00728475 $.0082
IT Juke €.003709 $.0042
UK Napster $.01366366666 $.0137
UK Rdio Web £.0042125 $.0066
DE Wimp .2938455 NOK $.0378
Nokia Mix Radio $.0027225 $.0028

 

Table 1 : Per Stream Mean Values May 2014 – March 2015

Latest Music Streaming Prices April/May 2015

These are the best pay per stream prices recieved from each of the streaming services in April and so far in May.  Rara paid a staggeringly low $.0015 (667 plays needed to earn $1) , and KKbox’s payment on the 18th of May dates back to streams from July, August and September 2014.

 

Streaming PlatformPrice Per Stream in US$
Xbox.0764
Google Play.0181
Spotify.0127
Rhapsody.0114
JB Hifi.0095
Rdio.0070
KKbox.0056
Amazon Cloud.0055
Deezer.0048
Juke.0039
Rara.0015
Youtube.0009

List of On Demand Music Distribution Options

I can’t find a thorough and up to date list of on demand digital distribution options so here are all those that i know about:    They are in no particular order.

Tunecore

Cdbaby

Reverbnation

Mondotunes

Distrokid

Ditto

JTVDigital

Freshtunes

Kisumusik

Audiotube

Langalam

Musicdigi

Onerpm

Emubands

Songflow (requires facebook login)

Songcastmusic

Bornamusician

Wifiremusic

Routenote

Zimbalam

Horusmusic

Lolodigital

Labelengine

Catapault

Awal

Interscopedigital

Lacupulamusic

Cosmodistribution

Rebeat Software

ADEDistribution

Africori

Wiseband

Recordunion

DiGiDi

Recordjet

Soundation

Leveldistribution

Spinnup

Loudr

Umelabel

imusiciandigital

Youtunez

Thorn City Syndicate

Patchwerk

HearYou

Sam Ward Services

Wolf Digital

Artistecard

Allrecords

CLGmusic

Digital Storm

Musickickup

Amadea

unltdlabeldigital

Raw Soul Media

Cygnus

Jamvana

Symphonic

HSMEntertainment