Why Spotify Doesn’t Make Sense for Musicians: 70,000 Listens Earns Less tha $300

 Phenomenal listening powers! (Itty bitty payouts to artists.)


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How well does Spotify work for musicians?


Actually, pretty badly.

Zoë Keating, a cellist, composer, and occasional Radiolab guest, has released into a public Google Doc how much money she made from Spotify between October 2011 and March 2012. Spotify pays per listen, so every time someone plays one of Keating’s songs on the service, she earns a tiny chunk of money.

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