Yes, $0.005 per streamed song. And yes, it's perhaps likely that an individual listener would do less repeat-listening on Spotify than they would in a CD-only world. But an individual listener's habits aren't really relevant to the payout a rights-holder gets. In the CD world, Ann buys 'Alice in Hell' and listens to it 40 times, while Bob buys 'Butchered at Birth' and listens to it 40 times. In the Spotify world, where variety is more accessible, both Ann and Bob give 20 listens each to 'Alice in Hell' and 'Butchered at Birth'. Each album still gets 40 listens in both cases, they're just distributed differently. As long as listening-time-per-person doesn't change, and overall artist popularity doesn't change, the cumulative listens to an artist's work should be the same in the Spotify world as in the CD world. And in fact I've found myself doing at least as much repeat listening via Spotify as via other sources, just because the Spotify player doesn't have a very good "listen to this random thing next" capability, so instead I just have a list of albums I like on the side and most of the time I end up clicking on one of those. (incidentally, I'm listening to Tad Morose right now, for the first time ever, generating revenue for the rights-holder that never would have been generated without Spotify) What Spotify *does* change is that payouts are based on actual listening over time, rather than instantaneous purchase-decisions (which may or may not lead to actual listening). I think this is totally awesome, and something I'd been dreaming about for a decade. In the CD world, the artist (or label) can get rewarded with piles of money even if they release a crappy album, just because their previous album was really good, and they "trick" people into buying the new one. Or people could buy a CD just because other people like it, and then never really enjoy it themselves; the artist still gets the money. With Spotify, there is finally a direct connection between listener-enjoyment and artist revenue, which is a totally beautiful thing. I think the fact that you've gotten old, while shocking news, is not relevant to this discussion.