Streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Pandora, Tidal, YouTube Music, and Amazon Music are well-known for paying artists when their music is played. But most of us are unaware of the technicalities behind how those payments really operate, which can occasionally result in misunderstandings.

For the same amount of streams, not all artists will necessarily be paid equally.

Let’s get started by analyzing the key concepts that govern how music artists get compensated through music streaming.

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