Here's how much Apple Music really pays the artists you listen to
What you need to know
- The amount Apple pays music artists for streaming has been revealed.
- Apple has told its artists it pays them at the rate of "a penny per stream".
- That would be roughly double the amount of rival Spotify.
A new report says that a letter sent by Apple to Apple Music artists has revealed Apple pays for streams at the rate of a penny per stream.
From the Wall Street Journal:
As the report notes "a penny per stream" is roughly double what Spotify pays the rights holders for music streamed on its platform. But that doesn't necessarily mean artists are getting rich from streams either, as the report explains:
Apple says that 52% of Apple Music subscription revenue goes to record labels. Given the larger user base, Spotify still remains a much bigger source of revenue for most artists despite Apple's more favorable terms. You can read the full report here.
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