When and how does Spotify count songs as "listened to"?

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When and how does Spotify count songs as "listened to"?

EnaiSiaion
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Spotify provides recommendations based on what you have listened to and pays artists based on how many times their songs have been streamed. I have a few questions about this:

 

  • What happens when you restart a song?
  • What happens when you skip a song right away?
  • What happens when you skip the last 5 seconds of a song?
  • Does it count listening to songs on your own PC through Spotify if the song is also in the Spotify library (but lower quality)?
  • Does it count offline listening?
  • Does it count private mode listening?

I'm hesitant to try new music because it might ruin my recommendations if I don't like the music, and I feel obliged to listen to the last few seconds of an outro so the artist doesn't miss out on money...

 

Thanks. :)

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Re: When and how does Spotify count songs as "listened to"?

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To count a song as "one play" or "one stream" a song has to be listened to for 30 seconds or more.

 

When you restart a song, it will count as a play as long as 30 seconds are listened to. Skipping the last 5 seconds of a song does not hurt the artist.

 

Offline listens are counted and sent to Spotify's server the next time you connect to the Internet. Yes, private listening mode is also counted.

 

 

 

  • Does it count listening to songs on your own PC through Spotify if the song is also in the Spotify library (but lower quality)?

I'm not sure about this one.

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Re: When and how does Spotify count songs as "listened to"?

Arluarz
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Hey. Its a old topic i know , but perhaps someone answers me. Wanted to push my new album a littlebit up with more plays (heard it helps to notice my music, if more play-count got on?) . I but my song on repeat, but seems my plays doesent count there? Thats wierd, bec i have heard you dont even need to listen song all the way in the end, only 30 sec? Is it bec its my album, and my plays dont count?

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To count a song as "one play" or "one stream" a song has to be listened to for 30 seconds or more.

 

When you restart a song, it will count as a play as long as 30 seconds are listened to. Skipping the last 5 seconds of a song does not hurt the artist.

 

Offline listens are counted and sent to Spotify's server the next time you connect to the Internet. Yes, private listening mode is also counted.

 

 

 

  • Does it count listening to songs on your own PC through Spotify if the song is also in the Spotify library (but lower quality)?

I'm not sure about this one.

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Re: When and how does Spotify count songs as "listened to"?

EnaiSiaion
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Thanks. :D So I don't need to worry.

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Re: When and how does Spotify count songs as "listened to"?

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Local files don't get counted for purposes of paying artists.

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Re: When and how does Spotify count songs as "listened to"?

pittsy66
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Thanks for answeing this. I was worried that skipping the last 5-30 seconds of a song would affect this, as a long of great songs have long outros!

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Re: When and how does Spotify count songs as "listened to"?

felixd_h
Casual Listener

All songs I see shorter than 30 seconds have no listens counted, or very few, even when I am sure they have recieved far over 1000 plays. Do you know how Spotify counts listens for songs that are under 30 seconds or if they can even be counted?

Re: When and how does Spotify count songs as "listened to"?

DaniHoward
Newbie

If the same user plays a song multiple times on the same device, are all of these plays counted? 

 

Thanks!

Re: When and how does Spotify count songs as "listened to"?

felixd_h
Casual Listener

yes

Re: When and how does Spotify count songs as "listened to"?

Azurei
Regular

Does mute count too?

Re: When and how does Spotify count songs as "listened to"?

saraguchi2316
Newbie

No reason it shouldn't

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