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Artist Payout Spreadsheet
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Minimum Wage = $1,160 (@40 hours per week, 4 weeks in a month)
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FormatRetail PriceCut for Artist(s) Copies Needed for MWSources/notes
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Vinyl Album, self-pressed$14.99 $7.75 110http://uniformmotion.tumblr.com/post/9659997039/release-day-economics
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iTunes Album Download (self-released)$9.99 $6.82 171One-year setup costs (roughly $50 at CD Baby, Tunecore) assumed for 171 copies sold.
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CD (self-pressed)$9.99 $4.34 268http://uniformmotion.tumblr.com/post/9659997039/release-day-economics
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iTunes Song Download (DIY)$0.99 $0.682 1,701One-year setup costs (roughly $50 at CD Baby, Tunecore) assumed for 1,701 copies sold.
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CD (Major Label)$9.99 $0.50 2,320Rough estimate; low/moderate payout estimate
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iTunes Song Download (Major Label)$0.99 $0.08 14,500http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2011/111103labelpays
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Ringtone (Major Label)$3.00 $0.05 23,200http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2011/111103labelpays
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Deezersubscription$0.0154 75,325http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120725unsigned
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Rhapsodysubscription$0.0091 127,242
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Spotify subscription$0.0050 232,000Assumes a DIY, non-label artist
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Compiled by Digital Music News
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digitalmusicnews.com
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7/29/2012
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