Some figures around Spotify are very public, like its 75 million active users; its 20 million paying subscribers and its $3bn of rightsholder payouts. Others need a bit more ferreting out.
The company’s engineering team dropped a new (as far as we can tell) stat yesterday via its Twitter account. “We process nearly 1 billion streams every day by running 9000 @hadoop jobs on our 1300 node cluster,” explained its tweet.
Which set off all kinds of maths in our heads. If it was a round 1bn streams a day, that would mean each active user averages 400 streams a month – or, taking four minutes as an average track length, around 27 listening hours if you don’t factor in skips.