I’m always fascinated by the ‘economics of music’ blog posts when they come from the musicians. Uniform Motion has a new album out, but not in stores because they don’t have a distributor. They were kind enough to let us know what they earn when you listen to their music (or buy it from a digital service like iTunes). These numbers also make more clear their decision to let you pay what you want for a digital download. *The post is in Euros, but you’ll understand.
With Spotify, weâ€™ll get 0.003 EUR/play.
If you listen to the album all the way through, weâ€™ll get 0.029 EUR.
If you listen to the album 10 times on Spotify, weâ€™ll get 0.29 EUR
If you listen to it a hundred times, weâ€™ll get 2.94 EUR
If you listen to the album 1,000 times (once a day for 3 years!) weâ€™ll get 29.47 EUR!
If you use the free version of Spotify, it wonâ€™t cost you anything. Spotify will make money from ads. If you use any of the paid versions, we have no idea how they carve up the money. They only disclose this information to the Major record labelsâ€¦