Re: My Song Was Played 3.1 Million Times on Pandora. My Check Was $39...
But seriously, I wish someone would do an analysis for how these rates compare to royalties a songwriter gets from terrestrial radio. Pandora is a non-interactive streaming radio service. Users cannot call these songs up on demand, they are not permanently stored on their computers or mobile devices. If these rates are much lower than a songwriter would get from a similar audience on terrestrial radio, then I might have some sympathy.
In other words, if a song was played once on a radio station with 3.1 million listeners, would her check still be $40? Something tells me it would be much less. Why would a songwriter be entitled to more when it's essentially the same thing as radio?
I'd also like to know if Pandora provides any sort of metrics on how many people purchased the song through their in-app iTunes or Amazon links after hearing it on Pandora.
I'd also like to know if user skips/partial plays are included in the 3.1 million figure.