Pandora Paid Over $1,300 for 1 Million Plays, Not $16.89

Michael Degusta, setting the record straight:

  • Pandora paid a total of about $1,370.
  • The band received a total of about $585.
  • If Lowery received 40% of the performance royalty, “all he got” for the 1 million plays was in fact around $234.

He adds a nice chart:


Question: who profits from any of this?

Update: don’t miss the follow-up by Pandora (and the comments).