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Date: 04/15/10 11:01 AM

52 Responses to How Much Do Musicians Earn Online? [Infograph]

  1. Profile photo of peloos12
    peloos12 Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2010 at 3:09 am
    Link: How Much Do Musicians Earn Online? - Is paying for a CD really that much to ask for?
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2010 at 11:14 am
    They still need to get use to it, in the future most music its going to be digital
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    BlueOrchid Female 18-29
    158 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 11:19 am
    Ooh, I feel bad for using Last.fm.
    But, if I really like the artist, I will eventually purchase the CD - when I have enough money
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    canusuck Male 30-39
    777 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 11:28 am
    That`s why Radiohead is way ahead of the curve-both musically and industry wise!!!!
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    AdrianT Male 13-17
    37 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 11:32 am
    The buying and selling of music in the form of a commodity is what caused music to start blowing in the early 20th century. Illegal downloading might mean music will get better again.
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    Trumple07 Male 13-17
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    April 15, 2010 at 11:33 am
    Wow I thought spotify would be better...oh well, back to spotify :)
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    RebelSpeaker Female 13-17
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    April 15, 2010 at 11:38 am
    I never really liked to buy my cds online, I really would just much rather have the actual cd.
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    Baelzar Male 40-49
    1399 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 11:40 am
    You forgot:

    Piracy
    Label: $0.00
    Revenue: $0.00
    Artist: $0.00
    Pirate: WTF INFORMASHUN SHOULD BE FREE RITE?
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2010 at 11:40 am
    So if you`re buying singles for download, use edbaby. When I start paying for music again I`ll remember that.
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    wereallboned Male 18-29
    256 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 11:44 am
    good thing is that i listen to hip hop and those guys give away their mixtapes for free then u cop an album wen it comes out
    in all honestly id only buy a cd if i was a huge fan of the artist, if not i culdnt give a drat if they made money off their record sales
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    _kiersten_ Female 18-29
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    April 15, 2010 at 11:50 am
    I hate buying whole CD`s. There is no point. Half the time I only like a few songs anyways...


    Which is why I am a pirate >_>
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    Lou-Saydus Male 13-17
    216 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 11:57 am
    seems like it`s the labels that are ripping artists off not pirates. Long live piracy.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    Artists make their money off merchandise and live shows.

    The cd`s are just a tool to get people to come, and to buy t-shirts and beer can coosies.
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    MrsPoods Female 18-29
    547 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm
    cry me a river...
  15. Profile photo of domisgood
    domisgood Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2010 at 12:22 pm
    free downloading is working pretty good for me right now, thanks anyway IAB
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    Adora Female 18-29
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    April 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm
    first of all, that infographic is grossly wrong. The average artist does not and will never see 8 dollars per cd whether self pressed or label represented. In fact, after pressing costs, advertising, shipping and so forth, even self released an artist is LUCKY to sell that 10 dollar cd for 5 bucks. If an artist signs to a record label, they are lucky to see in the neighborhood of about 1.50 per cd, IF ITS A HIT. If its not, then far less. Only an artist like metallica, green day, or a chart topper will see anything remotely close to 8 dollars for a 19 dollar cd.
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    blckhawk1234 Male 18-29
    518 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm
    wow, stupidly wrong infographic
  18. Profile photo of auburnjunky
    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    April 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm
    Actually, even for a superstar artist, it`s closer to $1 per album sold as far as CD`s go.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25407 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm
    Artists need to tour to make the big bucks!
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    Thetas Male 18-29
    1540 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    Guess I should stay in school and get a real job.
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    howlingwolf Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm
    I don`t usually say this but...WHAT a boring infographic!
  22. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm
    The music industry has been ripping off artists forever. Only very famous artists get rich.

    The average baseball player in the major leagues makes more money, $3,297,828.

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    GlooStikk Male 18-29
    1297 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm
    licensing and merch people. that`s where the $$$ is at. moving units is an antiquated model for the music business. funny that some people still haven`t realized that.
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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
    5101 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm
    Or, you do like I do, download an album and donate 10 bucks to the artist`s paypal account.
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    deltaumarcus Male 18-29
    1958 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm
    Lesson learned. Don`t become a music artist, just sell crack
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    lukas1051 Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2010 at 1:47 pm
    Ah Spotify, how I love thee.
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    sounds to me like the record label needs to take a more agent type stance. as crakrjak said, baseball players make $3.3 million, their agent gets a 10-20% cut depending on how namebrand they are, so the agent still makes $300,000-600,000 on that single player, where as in the music industry the record company makes $2 million and the player/artist make $1 mil. take into consideration that that $1 mil gets divided among the band members, so its more like $250...

    also, as others have said, musicians aren`t making the money off album sales, if anything they should be cutting the cost of the album to get heard more, more people like you, more concerts and merchandise you sell, more money you make. $.99/song is too much, $.50 at most, $.25 would move more units and cut back on the piracy.
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    SomeShoes Male 13-17
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    April 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm
    i love cds and vinyl. i know most people these days don`t buy them (because they cost money/"too cumbersome"/bigger), but i really don`t want them to disappear.

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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm
    As IkeRay & GlooStikk said, The money isn`t in music is not in selling the albums, It`s in concerts and merchandise. An agent type system with a good union would help, But that`s not going to happen.
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    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
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    April 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    sigh. artists done make much on cds anyway, thats all the record company. they make the most from concerts and appearances and stuff. yes, i download songs for free, but when they come to town i often shell out 100 bucks a piece for concert tickets. and buy magazines with them on the cover.
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
    4812 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm
    I understand....The first one is the Earth and spotify is the Sun.
    Damn we are small and insignificant.
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    StarDagger Male 40-49
    1189 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm
    Artists were doomed when the record labels/Apple convinced the assembled sedentary lemmings to pay for music that was (and actually still is) free.

    Enjoy your prison.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    i love cds and vinyl. i know most people these days don`t buy them (because they cost money/"too cumbersome"/bigger), but i really don`t want them to disappear.

    I prefer CDs too. Not vinyl, though.

    Although nearly all the music I buy doesn`t fit this model because it`s classical.

    I think it`s worth noting that as soon as a recording company is involved it gets 2 to 7 times as much as the artist gets, and the 2x is something only established big name groups can get. The only business model I can think of that has the same sort of ratio is pimping.

    Buying from CDbaby stops that - their business model is the same as a legitimate business.
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
    9311 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm
    Wait they still make vinyl? Seriously? That`s like VHS now...wow.
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    SuperSmash Male 18-29
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    April 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm
    I don`t like anyone who plays mp3`s through any sort of sophisticated sound equipment. That includes a Bose dock for your iPod. You`re wasting your money. The sound quality is nowhere near a CD and it`s like watching your VHS tapes on a 1080p HDTV.
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    trippyhippy9 Male 18-29
    559 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm
    My Zune can play Flac files. It sounds quite nice on my Bose Docking station for Zune.

    iPods can do alac, apples version of flac.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15844 posts
    April 15, 2010 at 9:55 pm
    Bands used to sell $5 concert tickets to promote $5 albums. Now with the Internet, they give the albums away for free to promote $75 concert tickets. They`re making more money than ever, unless, of course, they can`t pull it off live, in which case they don`t deserve to make money selling music anyway.
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    Wassup287 Male 13-17
    45 posts
    April 16, 2010 at 12:10 am
    This is exactly why the RIAA is pure evil.
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    frenchroast Male 30-39
    446 posts
    April 16, 2010 at 1:10 am
    I`d like to see an side infographic on how easy it`s for a musician to get laid to even out the playing field.
  40. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    April 16, 2010 at 1:53 am
    I don`t like anyone who plays mp3`s through any sort of sophisticated sound equipment. That includes a Bose dock for your iPod. You`re wasting your money. The sound quality is nowhere near a CD and it`s like watching your VHS tapes on a 1080p HDTV.

    That depends on how you encode the mp3. I use the LAME codec at 320Kbps. It`s not far off CD. I can tell the difference when using Goldring DR100 headphones and an X-Fi soundcard, but it`s nowhere near as big a difference as you talk about.

    What bugs me is anyone playing anything through their mobile phone. It sounds crap. It always sounds crap. I don`t care if the phone is expensive. It still sounds crap. The speaker is the size of an earbud speaker. It`s only any good for playing right next to your ear. Don`t inflict that crap on everyone nearby.
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    Fleh Male 18-29
    231 posts
    April 16, 2010 at 1:54 am
    I ALWAYS buy CD`s when I find them....like there`s just something about holding a limited edition digipack in your hands and smelling that fresh ink on the booklet....and then showing all your friends and feeling superior because they only have the crappy download but you have the original with the free DVD. Sigh.
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    Armitage Male 18-29
    149 posts
    April 16, 2010 at 2:05 am
    I liked the part when the circles got big
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    goldspot7 Male 13-17
    174 posts
    April 16, 2010 at 2:29 am
    last.fm and spotify suck!
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    taelmx Female 18-29
    247 posts
    April 16, 2010 at 8:31 am
    I`ve got a song on iTunes, trust me it`s not worth it, even if you`re average.
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    kribbe Male 18-29
    2006 posts
    April 16, 2010 at 8:45 am
    goldspot7 your face sucks
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    April 16, 2010 at 11:10 am
    Another reason why you should steal all your music.
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    shalantas Male 18-29
    426 posts
    April 16, 2010 at 11:19 am
    ugh now i don;t know if i want to be in my band anymore.
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
    2705 posts
    April 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm
    " It`s only any good for playing right next to your ear. Don`t inflict that crap on everyone nearby."

    the idiots who think they`re jamming like that have as much audiophilos (love of music) as the idiots who have anything more than a 8" sub in a car, especially if they`re laying heavy on the bass (3 12" full blast bass, no treble). now I`ll admit, I play my phone`s music for myself when I either don`t have headphones handy or working somewhere that I`m not so interested in the music as I am the item or people (ie working on the pool listening to the pump but can`t stand complete silence)

    also mp3 encoding has gone up hill (lossy), its no FLAC (lossless), but according to scientist who student humans and sound, they argue one can hardly if even tell the difference in most cases. the ones who CAN tell the difference already have the equipment to play lossless as they are true audiophiles.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15844 posts
    April 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm
    "What bugs me is anyone playing anything through their mobile phone."

    I use my phone as an MP3 player with Jabra BT620s Bluetooth stereo headphones, and it sounds GREAT. If I get a call, it beeps and all I have to do is tap the left earphone. The music pauses, and I can talk hands-free. Then when the call ends, the music resumes where it left off. A 2Gb SD card holds ~400 min. @320.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    April 16, 2010 at 11:29 pm
    I use my phone as an MP3 player with Jabra BT620s Bluetooth stereo headphones, and it sounds GREAT. If I get a call, it beeps and all I have to do is tap the left earphone. The music pauses, and I can talk hands-free. Then when the call ends, the music resumes where it left off. A 2Gb SD card holds ~400 min. @320.

    The key point being that you`re playing music through headphones.
  51. Profile photo of GTrain
    GTrain Male 18-29
    166 posts
    April 17, 2010 at 1:20 am
    The songwriters get even less than the artist.

    Just sayin`.
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    MetalicDemon Male 18-29
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    April 17, 2010 at 7:10 am
    i always buy music i dont download it, but i listen to the songs on spotify (or last fm on occasion) so i know i like it first

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