Beatsource, the music streaming service for open-format DJs, has the highest payout rate in the industry, paying an average of 33 times more per stream than TIDAL, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Apple Music.
In 2022, royalty payments to labels from DSPs averaged $2.69 USD per subscriber per month*. Beatsource has substantially increased payouts to rights holders by providing subscribers additional value not included with other music streaming services. Beatsource subscribers have access to content which is integrated into all major DJ software platforms, including an offline mode to play tracks without an internet connection.
Beatsource also pays more per stream because subscribers actively use the service to DJ by selecting and playing each song during a performance. Many non-DJ streaming users passively listen to music via algorithm-based lists or curated playlists that serve music via autoplay functionality. Passive listening typically increases the number of plays per user, so, royalties are spread out among many tracks, lowering the payout rate.
In addition to paying more per stream, Beatsource is the only service that pays rights holders for plays of licensed DJ Edits. DJ Edits are custom versions of songs that DJs use to enhance their mixes.
Until recently, rights holders were not paid when DJs played edits of their tracks. However, in 2021, Beatsource partnered with licensors to monetize DJ Edits, introducing a new revenue stream for labels and their artists.
Additionally, when DJs spin tracks with Beatsource, the streams are counted as plays by music industry charts and certifications like Billboard and the RIAA.
Brian “DJ Quickie” Wong, president of Beatsource, says:
“As DJs, we work closely with industry partners to break tracks in clubs, on the radio, and wherever else DJs perform. Beatsource is proud to have the highest payout rate per stream and introduce new revenue streams for artists, songwriters, labels, and all rights holders.”
Last updated on Feb. 28, 2023
* Source: IFPI Global Music Report 2022, 2.69 US$ monthly ARPU calculated by dividing total streaming revenue 2021 ($16.9b) by users of paid subscription accounts (523m) by twelve months.