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About the subscription setting

In addition to selling your music in the Google Play store you can choose to include your artist hub releases in Google Play Music's subscription service. Our on-demand streaming service helps fans discover and listen to more new music than ever before. Including your music in Google Play Music's subscription service helps listeners discover your sounds through custom radio stations, as well as curated and shared playlists, all without ads or skipping limits.

How do I include my music in Google Play Music subscription?

At both the album and track level, you’ll find a setting for including your music in subscription. You can include entire albums, or just certain tracks.

When you choose the subscription setting for an album (i.e. Included, or Excluded), by default, all of the tracks on the album will inherit that setting.  However, in the edit track dialog, you can override the setting on a track-by-track basis.  Want to make every track on the album available?  Then just set the album to "Include in Subscription."  Prefer to just include one track on the album?  Set the album to "Exclude from Subscription," and set just that one track to "Include in Subscription."  The settings are flexible so that you can customize your Google Play experience.

To edit the subscription setting on an album that you have uploaded directly into the artist hub:

  1. First, log into the Google Play artist hub.
  2. Under the Artists & Music tab, click the Upload & Edit Music button.
  3. Find the album for which you'd like to modify the Subscription setting and click the Edit Album button.
  4. Next, you will be taken to a general editing page. Select Edit album details.
  5. Using the drop down menu for Subscription setting, set the album to either “Include in Subscription” or “Exclude from Subscription.”
  6. Click Save Changes.

To edit the Subscription setting on a track that you have uploaded directly through the artist hub:

  1. Under the Artists & Music tab, click the Upload & Edit Music button.
  2. Find the album for which you'd like to modify the Subscription setting and click the Edit Album button.
  3. Next, you will be taken to a general editing page. Select Edit tracks.
  4. Select the track for which you'd like to modify the Subscription setting and click the Edit button.
  5. Using the drop down menu for Subscription Setting, set the track to “Include in Subscription” or “Exclude from Subscription.”
  6. Click Save Changes.

How much do I earn?

Every time a subscription user streams your content, it obviously helps you find new fans, but how does it help your bank account? We know this is confusing across the industry, so we’ll explain how we calculate this at Google Play.

Your earnings from the subscription service are determined by answering this question: Of all the tracks streamed by all subscription users, what percent of those streams were your tracks?

Let’s say 1 of your tracks was streamed 1 time each by 10 users in a month.  That’s 10 total streams of your tracks ( = 1 x 1 x 10).  Now let’s say there were a total of 10,000 streams by all subscription users across the entire catalog.  Your percentage of the total streams would be .1% (= 10 streams of your tracks /  all 10,000 streams).

Now let’s say the total amount of revenue to be shared with Google Play music partners in a month is $10,000. Your earnings would be .1% of that, or $10 ( = your .1% share * $10,000).

Note that these numbers are for illustration only, and will vary depending on the total number of users and streams. Information about the reporting available to artist hub users is available here.

Regional availability

Please see this article for the list of countries where the subscription service is currently available. However, even if you aren’t located in one of the countries where the subscription service has been launched, you can still opt to make your content available to subscribers in those countries.

Please note that the subscription setting you select applies to all of the countries you have selected for album distribution. If you have more than just the US selected, you are giving Google rights to include your content in the subscription service as we launch in those countries.

If you are unable to, or do not wish to have your content included in the subscription service in a specific country, you should deselect that country from the album.  Then create a separate album that you can target to just that country.