Artists, publishers and service providers split $1 for every digital-music file downloaded, a report has revealed.

Business 2.0 Magazine recently probed how labels and artists split cash earned through MP3 sales.

"The going rate for downloads is about $1 per track," it begins, revealing that: "The economics of music sales haven't changed much since the vinyl era."

The report explains that artists see around 8-12 per cent return on that dollar, with 30 per cent of sales. Music publishers take around eight per cent of sales, with the online music provider yielding around 40 per cent in the dollar.

The report explains how all the different operations work together, and suggests Apple is earning about 40 per cent on sales. Apple has already confirmed it has sold three million tracks at 99 cents per track so far.