I download all my music that I don't pay for (streaming) to my phone, because who wants to constantly use data.
I'm also a music producer with content on streaming services. Am I getting paid for offline listens for the millions of people who might stream things once, but then download it to their phones?
I can't find an answer to this anywhere online. I would only assume no, cause how could you track offline listens, but I hope I'm wrong. If it's a no, what are the future plans to fix this for Artists?
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I believe that artists do get paid, even when the listener is always listening to their songs in offline mode.
Spotify probably tracks how many times a song's been played, and when the app's back online, it 'uploads it to the server'.
Hope this helps!