This is according to: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/12/25/streaming-music-services-pay-2019/
However, this isn’t actually a good thing to go by in my book because if someone will pay you $2.00 per stream play, but they have a user base of 50 users…so what?!
By that count, Spotify kicks up over other options, but ultimately, to me…none of this is really worth much unless you have a very large following and are pretty far up in the zeitgeist of culture.
Streaming is essentially a way to give your music away - a way to get it out there for discovery, but it’s not where you are likely going to make your money.
Hell, it’s not even where the music industry is really raking in their money anymore (selling the music content itself, that is).
It’s mostly about tours and merchandise now. We’ve gone full circle back to 1960.
The music existing in a way that people can hear it isn’t THE point, or the way you model to make your money. Music is the content that you use to market your brand so that you can sell the brand.
That’s where we’re at. Even youtubers run this way - plugging events and merchandise constantly in their videos, and music is really no different at this point than a youtube stream of content.
We live in a world where there is far more people shoving music out than ever before, and to such an extent that it’s literally impossible to even come close to hearing 1% of everything that’s being pushed out. Every artist has to basically realize that there’s effectively ZERO demand for them. They are not interesting. There’s millions and millions of “you” in the eyes of the consumer, and there’s no motive for the gneral consumer to pay you directly because they have streaming applications that give them access to pretty much whatever they want anytime they want it.
It’s been at least a decade since I payed for music myself, and I’m very unlikely to buy any music anytime soon.
You basically do it for a hobby, or you hustle like hell and sell yourself and hop that social media wagon and get yourself out there and in front of people, and get interesting as an act - the music basically is the thing you talk about and what creates a little culture around you; not what makes you money. Not anymore.
So in this context and way of thinking, the streaming service that has the widest reach and best propagation of your music to listeners is the best one to use.