Such a confusing time, that I find myself opting to stream something at lower quality so that the artist can get paid a fraction, versus listening to a higher quality file I possess. I might opt to do the same even when I paid for the higher quality file, just to increase the revenue stream. There is no answer that addresses all cases.
I will listen to the highest quality i can. When does that not work out best for the artist? When theyre a label artist who doesnt own publishing? Why would streaming get them paid more? Otherwise, how would buying HDTracks....vinyl.....CD....not be better for them than streaming from anywhere? Not as good as buying one of the above direct from them, but....
Related note: when one pays $25-40 for a new vinyl pressing, why does that download card not contain the HD files that cut the vinyl, instead of mp3s made from the CD master? Ive never understood that. I guess the thinking is that the vinyl is for your active listening and the mp3 is for your phone....but, thats not even the best sounding small file for a phone. And since vinyl rarely shows on day one....it would make me more likely to order it if I give you my $30 and i get the HD on release day....vinyl shipped when its pressed.
Well, the songwriter gets 9 cents (4.5 for cowrite) for every song you physically purchase on a CD...But most of the time, they never see any mechanicals because their publisher is keeping that money to recoup their "advances." As for digital sales, it looks like it's the same, but payment goes to the owner of the masters. So, good luck getting any money from one of the majors. I have ZERO idea whether I've been paid correctly. Anyway - streaming pays about $.0005 a stream...when they actually pay.
Mechanicals from downloads aka mechanical royalties: A mechanical royalty is a royalty paid to a songwriter whenever a copy of his or her composition is pressed, sold or downloaded.
What happens when a song is downloaded in the U.S. or Mexico?
Whenever a song is downloaded in the U.S. or Mexico (e.g. on iTunes or Amazon) a mechanical royalty is paid to the Master owner. It is then up to the Master owner who has distributed the song to pay the statutory mechanical to the songwriter/publisher (the current rate in the U.S. is $.091 per download). So if you are the master owner and the artist, you receive your mechanical royalties for downloads purchased in these territories with your TuneCore distribution payments.
Last Edit: Nov 1, 2018 16:33:44 GMT -6 by Johnkenn