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 and Apple music count streams towards a song when the song has been played for a minimum of 30 seconds–so try and listen for that amount of time before skipping to a different track.
What about songs that are on repeat/loop? Do they count towards streams?
After much research, it is yet to be officially confirmed whether or not looped songs count towards streams. It is possible that they would be counted normally if the song has been streamed for at least 30 seconds, but many platforms consider it to be ‘bot behavior’ and therefore don’t count them towards the number of streams. We aren’t 100% sure on which is true, especially with different platforms having different algorithms–but we suggest avoiding keeping songs on repeat just in case. Try playing one or two songs from different artists in between just to be on the safe side! You could even create your own playlist complied with the track(s) you’re streaming and some other fun songs to get the streams up instead of keeping it on repeat. Besides–the more bops, the better!
- 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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