I am still writing entries for this “What Does an Indie Get Paid” series, but the fact is, the articles are getting a little bit more complicated as they go, so I want to make sure I’m getting my numbers right.
In the meantime, I got this comment on article #1 today, clarifying some of the numbers, and thought I should post it here for all to see:
Just wanted to mention that the 63 cents per song (or $6.37 for album sales) is AFTER CD Baby’s 9% cut. iTunes keeps 30%; then we take 9% of the net — paying you the rest. So what shows up on your accounting report from us is the actual amount we’re paying you after iTunes and CD Baby take their/our cuts.
Taxes! Frustrating. But thanks for writing an entertaining article about something so perennially awful, and for mentioning CD Baby as a great option for indie artists.
I hope the new math simplifies the process somewhat for you.
Chris Robley from CD Baby”
This is further evidence of what I mean when I say that CDBaby.com is made up of real people. It means a lot to me that he would take the time to clarify this. Unfortunately, it also means that in addition to writing the remaining articles, I’m going to have to go back and make some edits to the three existing ones.
Also, this is silly, but I feel the need to defend my methods — I did actually call CDBaby when I was researching the article, and the guy I talked to on the phone told me that their 9% was factored “After the number you see in the report”, not the way that Chris explains here. It’s not a huge deal, but that’s where the error came from.
I’m not upset, and I wouldn’t even mention it, except that I HATE HATE HATE getting math wrong, so I feel some sort of illogical need to tell you all why this error wasn’t my fault.
I’ll edit the existing articles and re-post them today or tomorrow, and then get back to work on #4: Spotify.