How Much Do Artists Make Per Stream? Unveiled!

Explore how much do artists make per stream and maximize your music earnings. Essential guide for independent artists.
How Much Do Artists Make Per Stream? Unveiled!
Denis Calakovic

In the dynamic world of digital music distribution, understanding the intricacies of streaming services payouts is crucial for independent artists. With the rise of various streaming platforms, artists have unparalleled opportunities to reach a global audience. However, navigating through the financial aspects of these platforms can be a daunting task. In this guide, we’ll explore the average payouts of major streaming services and provide insights into calculating potential earnings, emphasizing the importance of tracking your performance with tools like Viberate for Artists.

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Streaming Services Payouts: What You Need to Know

Streaming platforms have varying payout rates, influenced by factors like the artist's record label contract, the listener’s location and subscription type, and the platform's specific payment policies. Here’s a quick overview of the average music streaming payouts per stream for leading platforms as of 2023:

  • Tidal: $0.01284 per stream
  • Apple Music: $0.008 per stream
  • Amazon Music: $0.00402 per stream
  • Spotify: $0.00318 per stream
  • YouTube Music: $0.002 per stream
  • Pandora: $0.00133 per stream
  • Deezer: $0.0011 per stream 

Calculating Your Potential Earnings

Wondering how much you can earn from your tracks on these platforms? Let's break it down with an example. If your song hits a million streams on Spotify, you could earn around $3,180. Similarly, a million streams on Apple Music might bring in approximately $8,000. However, keep in mind these are gross figures. The net amount that reaches you as an artist is often lower due to deductions like record label shares, distribution fees, and taxes.

The Imperative of Tracking Performance for Independent Artists

For independent artists, it's vital to monitor your performance. Viberate for Artists is a tool designed to provide comprehensive analytics, sourced directly from your music channels. This service offers:

  • Complete streaming stats from your channels
  • Enhanced analytics with professional Viberate data
  • Detailed analysis of songs, streaming stats, playlisting, and audience demographics across channels 
Viberate for Artists: All your first-party streaming stats without switching tools. With data-driven music website and Spotify playlist pitching.

Specific Features for Major Platforms

Viberate for Artists offers tailored analytics for platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and Shazam, providing full channel analytics and insights into the fastest-growing locations.

Monitor and Compare Your Songs

  • Analyze the performance of each song across different channels.
  • Compare your tracks in one graph, looking at metrics like Spotify streams, Apple Music plays, and Shazams.
  • Assess the impact of your promotional efforts.

Locate Your Audience

  • Plan promotions and tours with cross-channel audience geolocation.
  • Track streams across countries and cities, observing recent changes.
  • Measure the effects of music releases and tours on your audience demographics.

Insights Beyond Music Streaming

  • Aggregate data from YouTube, SoundCloud, Deezer, and radio airplay in one place.
  • Analyze fanbase growth, plays over time, and top-performing content.
  • Monitor your presence across various YouTube channels.

Social Media Insights

  • Track social media performance across platforms like TikTok and Instagram.
  • Tailor your promotions using fanbase insights.
  • Measure the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns with data-driven insights.
Viberate for Artists: All your first-party streaming stats without switching tools. With data-driven music website and Spotify playlist pitching.


In today's digital music landscape, understanding streaming payouts and effectively tracking performance is essential for any independent artist. With platforms like Viberate for Artists, musicians can gain a comprehensive view of their online presence, optimize their strategies, and maximize their earnings. Remember, knowledge is power in the music industry, and staying informed is key to your success.

Denis Calakovic

Denis Calakovic

Head of Database at Viberate
Avid concert-goer, a sucker for creative wordsmithery, and 100 % biodegradable. Google "melomaniac".