Don't Buy Fake Spotify Streams - Here's Why!

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Don't Buy Fake Spotify Streams - Here's Why!

May 10, 2022, 5:52:34 PM Entertainment

Can't tell you how many musicians have tried to game the system since the music industry's shift to digital streaming began, streaming their recordings over and over on several computers at home and through social media. I've always thought this was a ridiculous idea to get involved with, so I'm not sure if it worked for them. I've been astonished in recent months to learn that this identical tactic is now being used by legitimate businesses on the internet, and streaming providers like Spotify aren't letting it slip.



What are false streams, exactly?


Any play or listen of a track, video, or podcast that does not involve a fan enjoying their favourite content is referred to as a fake stream. Fake streams could be used to boost play counts, collect streaming royalties fraudulently, or steal royalties from artists using identity theft.



What are the consequences of fake streams for aspiring musicians?


Fake streams are detrimental to artists for a variety of reasons.


For starters, streaming royalties from services like Spotify and Apple Music are paid from a set fund made accessible to artists who submit their music on the platform. As a result, streaming payments fluctuate and aren't tied to a certain price.


As a result, when an artist earns royalties from false streams—streams that they did not earn fairly—they unfairly deplete the already limited pool of funds available to artists. Fake streams are considered a kind of fraud, and artists who receive them may be blacklisted or have their recordings removed.


Defrauding streaming services with actions such as identity theft may result in you being sued in some situations.



What types of fake stream scams should you be aware of?


There are four different types of phoney stream frauds that you should be aware of.



Looping Scams


You might want to think twice if you've ever been tempted to leave your tunes looping overnight—or if you've ever asked your fans to do so.

This type of behaviour will be detected by Spotify and other streaming platforms, and it will not pay off.

You could be kicked off the platform and blacklisted for good.

Allow people to listen to your music in a natural way, and the streaming platforms will take notice.


Scams with playlists


While playlisting is a great way to reach new audiences and have your music heard, you should never pay money to be included in one.

Don't waste your time or money on anyone who offers you the potential to increase your streams in exchange for a payment that grants you access to specific playlists.

Streaming sites are constantly on the lookout for these types of playlists, and you risk being detected and having your online reputation harmed.


Theft of identity


The next phoney stream fraud that's on the rise is identity theft.

Someone recently packaged a slew of leaked Rihanna demos as a new album named "Angel."

It gathered up a lot of streams before being pulled down by Spotify and Apple Music, with payments flowing to a user who wasn't Rihanna.

This happens more frequently than you might imagine, whether the phoney album is made up of leaked material or the album completely impersonates the artist.



Bots, click farms and hacking


The most sophisticated kind of streaming fraud employs click farms, bots, and hacking to create or break into user profiles in order to stream material.


This type of fraud is far more difficult to detect, but it is also far more uncommon. It isn't much you can do in this situation. It's best to believe that streaming providers implement effective fraud detection and user protection mechanisms.



So, Should You Purchase Spotify Plays?


On the internet, you may find many kinds of Music Promotion Services, but what truly important is the objective behind what you're going to pay for. If you want to be sure that your organic development is genuine, you may (and should) pay for it. While it may take longer to build over the campaign, you will be gathering genuine friends and listeners who will most likely continue to support you.


I've always been a fan of DIY and practical promoting tactics, which means taking the time to create actual fans and loyal listeners before occasionally using Spotify playlist promotion service in a highly targeted way that is oriented towards a specific demographic, area, and conclusion. The figures won't matter as much in the long run. The true audience is the one who recalls the music they actually enjoy; these are the folks who keep up with what you're doing and come to your gigs to support you.



Bottom line: The streams will come if you are yourself


You shouldn't let your streaming stats define you as an artist. Your music and creativity are what make you who you are. You have a variety of options for gaining new fans and expanding your following.

Collaborate with another artist, maintain an active social media presence, engage in live streaming, and so on.

Maintain your focus on creating excellent art, get to know your current audience, and don't get too caught up in what playlist you're on or how many streams you received last month.


If your fans adore your work, you're on your way to success.

Published by Kate Brownell

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