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US Radio versus Music Services: A comparison of the value of spins versus streams

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Following on a estimate of the music industry collections from UK Radio stations, I have done my best to estimate effective per spin per listener rates collected from US Radio stations. Importantly, the goal here was to estimate the effective value of each radio spin *per listener* so that rate can be compared to not only that rate being observed for the effective value of a stream on music services (e.g., Rdio, Rhapsody, or Spotify) per listener, but also those rates applicable to webcasting streams. First, a quick clarification: Most…read more

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UK Radio versus Spotify: A comparison of the value of spins versus streams.

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In the context of a great deal of debate over the value of streams on new music services, Spotify in particular, I have been working on some back-of-the-napkin (or serviette) estimates of the value of not only listens per listener to purchased tracks, but also spins per listener on major radio broadcasters. This week, I focused on radio broadcasters in the UK, such as the BBC. Below I try to calculate the effective value of a radio spin *per listener* so that rate can be compared to the rate being…read more

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iTunes downloads versus Spotify streams, a comparison continued

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A few weeks ago I posted a back-of-the-napkin comparison of the effective rate paid per listen for digital downloads (like iTunes sales) versus that paid for music service streams (like Spotify, MOG, Rdio, Deezer listens).  This post got a bit of attention from sources like MusicAlly, The Music Void, slammed by the Musical Disconnect, and the debate still continues. I figured I would respond to some of the comments and criticisms, however.  Frankly, I appreciate both. Your estimate of Spotify’s pay rate is off, no one is getting $0.0033 per…read more

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