The Value of a Single Music Stream: Infographic

How much money will a single stream of your song generate?

It depends on the service, but in any scenario many different parties end up splitting fractions of a penny. Below you will find the data from Spotify and Pandora, two of the most popular music streaming services in the United States. Spotify has upped its public numbers, announcing that it now has 75 million active users, with 20 million of them paying for its premium subscription tier. Pandora’s active listeners are 79.2 mission at the end of the first quarter of 2015. Spotify has both a free and paid tiers. Pandora gets most of its streams from its free tier. These numbers reflect the royalties that can be expected from a typical stream.

This infographic shows the reality of today’s music business: billions of streams, each one requiring precise metadata and tracking, that pay fractions of a cent to rights holders and even less to creators. We’re not in a transition of dollars to pennies. Today’s digital music business is collecting as many fractions of pennies as possible.