What is the amount per play that Spotify pays?

There is no one set amount that Spotify pays out per every play. This applies as well to most if not all streaming providers. The per play amount will be different depending on if the user that is playing the song has a free ad supported account with Spotify and/or has a paid Spotify subscription.

If it is a free account they have, the play rate may be lower than that of the paid Spotify subscription.

In addition to that, it also varies by territory. If Spotify has a $9.99 subscription for United States, then the model in the United Kingdom may be 9.99 GBP which roughly means $11.99 or so in US dollars. This means that if the consumer listening to your music is from the United Kingdom and is registered there, then the per play rate will be different from the USA and may be higher or lower.

From a free ad based perspective, the rates may also differ based on the amount of marketshare or the amount of plays your album has compared to others for the said month / quarter and further be different based on how many ad dollars have been invested in the Spotify platform.

The above is also the case for other territories and subscription types based on where the platform is being played. So if you are using a Sonos or some sort of partnership that Spotify may have with another platform and are using Spotify to consume music, the play rate may differ from that.

With all of this said, we aren't the ones that dictate the per play rate and as you can see to simply assume that there is one said per play amount would be incorrect. We are hoping that per play rates increase over time. As of 2016, Spotify says that its average payout for a stream to labels and publishers is between $0.006 and $0.0084 but "Information Is Beautiful" suggests that the average payment to an artist from the label portion of that is $0.001128 – this being what a signed artist receives after the label's share.

What we do to simplify this is that we take whatever we are being reported and add our percentage even if the percentage that we retain = 0%.

We hope this further clarifies Spotify's per play amount per stream and in addition, this also is very similar for most streaming providers.

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