How Many mp3s Do You Have To Sell To Pay Your Rent?


This is a great chart. It shows in general how little money is actually made selling music files or mp3s. In detail it illustrates that a song needs at least a million streams (and probably many more) for artists to make more than $1,000 dollars monthly.

But you have to scroll, scroll, scroll…!


And? What do we learn? That investing money in promoting music on Spotify or is a complete waste of time and money for indie artists when looking at the ratio of number of sales you have to achieve and revenue. Concentrate on selling CDs at your gigs!

Although the site urges musicians to think about their “exposure” and not pay per play. Here’s another good BBC article on how Spotify operates and how artists have reacted

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