Data Post: How much do artists make online

In response to Amit’s posts on the future of music. Here is a fantastic post on how much artists make online. The data visualization is very well done! It talks about how many songs the artists have to sell on a specific medium in order to make “minimum wage”. Forget rock-star earnings! 😉

This image is based on an excellent post at The Cynical Musician called The Paradise That Should Have Been about pitiful digital royalties. (Thanks to Neilon for pointing that out). I’ve taken his calculations and added a few more.

About Gaurav Rastogi
Gaurav Rastogi is a writer and a business-exec living in the San Francisco bay area. His other blog is a personal philosophy blog at

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