16 05 13

Comparing Spotify play-counts for Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, PSY and more


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We’re pretty excited about Spotify’s latest update in which can see how many times a track has been streamed worldwide. Only last week we called for a wider understanding of streaming numbers in our Sandbox lead (issue 84) as the requirement for increased transparency from streaming services has been evident for some time.

The Spotify update shows individual track streams for an artist’s top 10 tracks. Although the count represents the all-time cumulative number of streams, they are ranked by popularity over a recent period.

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Rob MacAllister
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4 responses
  • Can we make any financial estimates based on these numbers?

    I think it’s roughly £1,500 per million plays?

    So, 22.5m Daft Punk plays = £33,750

    Don’t get me wrong. I love Spotify. Just trying to put some numbers on it.


  • Rob MacAllister says:

    Hey Neil,

    Thanks for the comment, what figure per stream were you working on to get £1,500 per million plays?

    I have it as £5,603 per million. I got this figure by doing the following:

    Looked at Aimee Manns 2012 Q1 earns per stream* (£0.00410074) and compared it to 2011 Q4 (£0.00369002) looking at the Q-Q increase and applied that percentage (11.1%) to the following quarters to get an estimate of what she would now receive per stream (roughly at 0.0056083)

    So £5,603 per million or £126,067 for 22.5million streams.

    *Link to the information she publicised – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkasqHkVRM1OdEJFUnhyNFFkZjVSUWxhWGl1dE9lQXc#gid=2

  • Grant says:

    Very cool post and nice workings on the pay per stream model.

    What do you reckon the earnings per million plays on YouTube is?

  • Hans says:

    In US dollar 1 million streams brings about $5000. This is based on the average pay out of $.005. This rate has been rather steady in 2012.
    Check http://www.spotidj.com/spotifyroyalties.htm for an overview of the monthly rates since July 2010

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