Do All Streaming Platforms Pay The Same Rate?

No - While it is possible to distribute your songs to multiple streaming platforms, it's important to know that they all pay a little differently.

Streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, etc. have become one of the music industry's biggest sources of revenue, surpassing physical sales and digital downloads (a.k.a. Digital Phonorecord Delivery (DPD). If you've written original compositions with master recordings available on streaming platforms, Songtrust will collect streaming royalties on your behalf, though the income will vary from platform to platform. 

In the United States, as the songwriter and Copyright owner of your composition, you are entitled to up to two types of royalties (Mechanical and Performance), depending on whether the platform is considered interactive or non-interactive. Please not that, while Songtrust will collect mechanical royalties on your behalf, your Performing Rights Organization will collect your performance royalties. Here you can find a complete list of our digital royalty sources.


Below is a graphic of the different rates paid by various streaming platforms. Please note that these rates represent "gross payout", meaning that they include mechanical and performance royalties paid to the composition owners as well as the payout to master recording owners. 

Music Streaming - who pays best (not updated)

Interested in learning more? Check out our blog post on the difference between streaming services.


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