Dad woes and calculations
I am pretty sure I'll be forced to but that album soon enough as I have a 9 year old daughter but since it's between that and One Direction I'm not enjoying either option really.
Looking at the streams you get a couple of suggestions
$0.006 and $0.0084
SEK0,02 + 0,05
Both look fairly reasonable and I'd say the per song play for an initial song cost on buying an album for $1 works out to be around the same as 500 plays per sale.
With some guesstimates of music consumption I would say you normally listen for the new and shiny song a lot 2 the first two months after which you are sick of it and listening gets more sporadic.
A regular to and from school/work listen makes it at least 2 plays per day for around 60 days but since you might not listen in the weekends it's probably only 50 days. Since it's new and shiny there's a good chance you listen to it a few times more the first week so add 50 more to make the numbers nicer for comparison.
50 days x 2 + 50 spur of the moment listens makes about 150 for that early profitable period when it is the most profitable in sales. Not quite
Looking at when I was young, my friends and my children I am certain the initial numbers tend to be a bit higher.My personal experience with "Everything is awesome" which I happen to have a counter on got over 250 plays since purchase a little while ago.
I guess the recoup from streaming is around half of the album sale over the first year but the cost of albums downloads needs about halving so this is more about trying to keep download prices up than protecting the unique and special.
If it's not then why would Taylor Swifts 1989 be $9.99 as a physical album and $12.99 as a download?