The RIAA today made a rare change to the formula used to certify Gold and Platinum awards to include on-demand music and video streams. Services that will now count towards certification include Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG, Muve, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Xbox Music, VEVO, MTV.com, YouTube and Yahoo! Music.
Rather than put a value on music streams based on payout to rightsholders, the RIAA will count 100 plays as 1 sale. The benchmark for Gold and Platinum certifications remains unchanged: 500,000 sales for Gold, 1 million for Platinum and 10 million for Diamond.