How Much Is A Single Stream Worth on Pandora or Spotify?

Surprise: the numbers aren't exactly big money

Even before Jay Z’s Tidal fiasco and Taylor Swift’s letter to Apple, people have been trying to figure out what an artist exactly makes off streaming services. So, Billboard decided to take matters into their own hands: they did some fancy things with numbers and math and made an infographic about the value of one single stream, and who makes how much money under current deals.

For the Spotify numbers, they compare the amounts for a stream on a paid vs. free account, and for Pandora they include the payments to the performer and background musicians, along with the publisher and label.

They also made the graphic super easy to read. Check it out:


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