How to ensure your streams count towards your favourite artists new release

Here’s our guide to properly streaming an artist’s song/album on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify.


It’s always an exciting time when your favorite artist releases new music, and though streams don’t matter as much as your love for music–fans still try their best to get their faves on charts. But it isn’t as simple as you think, there can be some certain restrictions and implications needed to properly get a song/album to chart–and we’re here to break it down for you to help make the most of your streaming parties.



  • Stream The Song(s) From A Playlist

Try streaming the songs/albums using a playlist–make a playlist and add the songs multiple times, and make sure you add a few other songs from the same/different artist. Use playlists that the streaming services have made such as the ‘A-List Pop’ on Apple Music or ‘Today’s Top Hits’ on Spotify to stream the songs as well.

  • Don’t Put The Volume On Mute

While streaming, do not put the song(s) on mute, otherwise, they won’t count towards streaming. If it does bother you–try using headphones or putting the volume on low.

  • Use Multiple Devices To Stream

To increase streams, try streaming from as many accounts and devices as possible.

  • Use VPNs To Stream

Big charts such as the Billboard 200 are based on streams from specific regions. If you’re international and want to increase streams for a specific chart – try using a VPN for that country. Make another Spotify/Apple Music account while using your VPN based on the charting location–that way the streams will count towards that region and their charts.

  • Listen to a track for a minimum of 30 seconds

Make sure you listen to a song for at LEAST 30 seconds–Spotify counts streams towards a song when the song is played for a minimum of 30 seconds. (Songs put on repeat can be counted towards the number streams as long as you follow the 30-second rule.)



  • Don’t Gift A Song For It To Count Towards Charting

iTunes has an option where you can gift songs or albums to friends or family members, and though this may seem like a great way to promote the song/album–gifted songs do not count towards the charts – so try not to use that as your way of streaming.

  • Buy The Song/Album

If you can, try and buy the album or song on iTunes. Sales count higher towards the charts and purchasing an album/song can increase the likeliness of appearing on a chart.



And of course, don’t forget to enjoy the music. Sometimes we can get caught up in numbers instead of the real purpose of the music. Happy streaming!

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  1. Ryan says

    Hi. Just letting you know, if you have an Apple Music account, it will take any music file you already have in your library, whether downloaded from the internet, ripped from CD, or purchased on iTunes, and “match” it to the one on Apple Music’s database. So you don’t have to delete the file on your computer. When you click play on the “matched” file, that play will count as a stream. To check to see if a file has been “matched,” right click on a song and select “Song Info,” then navigate to the “File” tab, and under “iCloud status” it should so if it’s been “matched” or “uploaded”

  2. Camila says

    In Spotify community they say you can put the song on repeat, that will count. It will count or not? Doesn’t make sense they not counting just because is on repeat. Does you guys have this information of not counting here. How you guys know doesn’t count? Thanks

  3. Purple says

    So I should put another song in between?? Can I stream 10 or 15 music from the same artist??

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