Re: My Song Was Played 3.1 Million Times on Pandora. My Check Was $39...
I'm an independent songwriter. I've made my own music available for streaming on Spotify and other services such as Rdio via CD Baby. I recently posted some of this streaming data for my music to my blog: http://www.jasonpaul.net/how-much-my-music-earns-for-digital-streams/
You can see that streaming via Rdio, Spotify and Rhapsody pays out between .003 and .009 per stream from CD Baby directly to me, the artist (if we're to trust the metric I'm given in this spreadsheet). I have no idea what Pandora pays out but I would guess it's something similar to those (but I have no idea...I could simply be flat out wrong).
My point is only that by that seamingly meager metric, 3 million streams should yield somewhere between 9k and 27k. That actually seems like a pretty good chunk of change.
So my guess is that either Pandora is operating in a very immoral way and should simply be shut down as it's not viable. Especially if they're looking to cut down these pathetic payouts even more. OR, more likely, someone did indeed take this woman's money, but it was not Pandora (dare I suggest the record label?).