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What counts as a stream on Spotify? How much is paid per 1000 streams?

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Spotify has hundreds of millions of users worldwide with a considerable chunk of them paying to use the platform, which houses over 50 million tracks, including nearly a million podcasts from thousands of artists. But have you ever wondered how Spotify pays these artists? Well, in a nutshell, Spotify artists are paid for every stream on their track.

But it’s not as simple as it sounds. Like other streaming platforms, Spotify also has a lower limit before a song that’s played by a listener is considered as a ‘stream’.

A stream on Spotify is counted when the track is played for at least 30 seconds before being changed. Stats for songs streamed by a user offline are only updated when the user comes online, which happens at least once in 30 days.

Artists can track stream count on their tracks live for the first seven days after release as during that period the stream counter refreshes every two seconds to show the stats for the total number of streams on the track. However, after seven days, the stream count is only updated once a day at approximately 3 PM EST.

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How much does Spotify pay artists for every 1000 streams?

One of the most commonly asked questions is how much does Spotify pay its artists for every 1000 streams on their tracks and below we’ve also tried to answer it to the best of our knowledge.Spotify vs Spotify Premium: Is it worth the upgrade? 3 talking points There is no straight-up answer to how much Spotify pays for every 1000 streams to the artists as the payment can vary depending on the country of the listener.

Talking about the current scenario, 1000 streams from India are likely to fetch significantly less money for Spotify artists than 1000 streams from a country like USA or UK. In addition to the location of the listener, Spotify also takes into account whether the listener is a free or paid user.

On average, an artist on Spotify can earn anywhere from $1 to $5 per thousand streams, but in some cases, it can be less than this average too.

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Yatharth Singh

Yatharth is the Marketing Head at Candid.Technology. He sometimes writes about Apple, Gaming and Social Platforms and also indulges in offbeat tech stuff from time to time. Contact Yatharth via email:

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