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.

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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.

APPLE MUSIC

  • Delete The Song(s) From Your Library

Make sure you delete the song(s) from your library if you already purchased them on iTunes and stream it directly from Apple Music–otherwise it won’t count as a stream.

APPLE MUSIC/SPOTIFY

  • Stream The Song(s) From A Playlist

Try streaming the songs/albums using a playlist–that way you won’t have to put a song on repeat (which doesn’t count towards streams). 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.

  • Don’t Put A Song On Loop/Repeat

Putting a song on repeat/loop does not count towards streams, so make sure that the song(s) you’re streaming is not on repeat/loop.

  • 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.

ITUNES

  • 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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