Data scientist David
McCandless has just updated his
infographic Selling Out: How Much Do Music Artists Earn
Online. When he published version 1 in 2010, it
sparked a conversation the we’re all still still having
How much do artists earn when they put their music online? A
new infographic from David McCandless of Information Is Beautiful offers an answer.
He looks at how much artists earn using various
distributors and retailers from Bandcamp to iTunes when they
sell online; and pulls data to examine what streaming services
like Spotify, Deezer and Baets pay.
McCandless’ comparisons are not always apples to apples, as a
careful look at the graphic reveals. Right now , Beats Music
pays more per stream than Spotify, for example, but
Spotify delivers many more streams. And exactly how much
of any of this income filters to artists varies widely
depending on individual contracts.
Still, the 2015 edition of Selling Out: How Much Do Music Artists Earn Online
is a great place to start and destined to be the conversation
starter it was when he published the first version way back in
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