Infographic: The Lopsided Music Streaming Model

While payout mechanics and models may still require improvement, music streaming has become the most important revenue source in the recorded music segment. In 2020, 62.1 percent of earnings came from streaming services, with physical records and downloads making up for 19.5 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively. This chart shows the average amount of streams needed to reach a payout of $1 by streaming provider.

Source: Infographic: The Lopsided Music Streaming Model

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