How Much Do Musicians Earn Online? [Infograph]

Submitted by: peloos12 6 years ago Entertainment

Is paying for a CD really that much to ask for?
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Male 1,484
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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Male 166
The songwriters get even less than the artist.

Just sayin`.
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Male 12,365
[quote]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.[/quote]

The key point being that you`re playing music through headphones.
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Male 15,832
"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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Male 2,703
" 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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Male 426
ugh now i don;t know if i want to be in my band anymore.
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Male 10,440
Another reason why you should steal all your music.
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Male 2,005
goldspot7 your face sucks
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Female 247
I`ve got a song on iTunes, trust me it`s not worth it, even if you`re average.
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Male 174
last.fm and spotify suck!
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Male 149
I liked the part when the circles got big
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Male 231
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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Male 12,365
[quote]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. [/quote]

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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Male 446
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.
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Male 45
This is exactly why the RIAA is pure evil.
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Male 15,832
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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Male 559
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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Male 3,756
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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Male 9,306
Wait they still make vinyl? Seriously? That`s like VHS now...wow.
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Male 12,365
[quote]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. [/quote]

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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Male 1,190
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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Male 4,807
I understand....The first one is the Earth and spotify is the Sun.
Damn we are small and insignificant.
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Female 3,828
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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Male 17,512
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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Male 2,056
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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Male 2,703
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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Male 3,425
Ah Spotify, how I love thee.
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Male 1,958
Lesson learned. Don`t become a music artist, just sell crack
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Male 5,094
Or, you do like I do, download an album and donate 10 bucks to the artist`s paypal account.
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Male 1,297
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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Male 17,512
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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Male 1,351
I don`t usually say this but...WHAT a boring infographic!
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Male 1,540
Guess I should stay in school and get a real job.
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Male 25,416
Artists need to tour to make the big bucks!
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Male 10,339
Actually, even for a superstar artist, it`s closer to $1 per album sold as far as CD`s go.
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Male 518
wow, stupidly wrong infographic
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Female 79
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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Male 4,867
free downloading is working pretty good for me right now, thanks anyway IAB
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Female 547
cry me a river...
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Male 10,339
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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Male 216
seems like it`s the labels that are ripping artists off not pirates. Long live piracy.
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Female 1,682
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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Male 256
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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Male 4,290
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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Male 1,399
You forgot:

Piracy
Label: $0.00
Revenue: $0.00
Artist: $0.00
Pirate: WTF INFORMASHUN SHOULD BE FREE RITE?
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Female 60
I never really liked to buy my cds online, I really would just much rather have the actual cd.
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Male 422
Wow I thought spotify would be better...oh well, back to spotify :)
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Male 37
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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Male 808
That`s why Radiohead is way ahead of the curve-both musically and industry wise!!!!
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Female 158
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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Male 15,510
They still need to get use to it, in the future most music its going to be digital
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Male 3,819
Link: How Much Do Musicians Earn Online? [Infograph] [Rate Link] - Is paying for a CD really that much to ask for?
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