How does Spotify count a ‘listen’ or ‘stream’ on a song?

Does simply starting a song count? What if you have it on replay? Do offline streams count? These Qs and more answered below.

How exactly do Spotify classify ‘one play’ or ‘one stream’ of a song? This is important to know for artists as it is what will count towards your total plays and the revenue you earn.

Spotify classifies a single stream of a song when it has been listened to for 30 seconds or more.

If you restart the song, whether by having it on repeat or clicking it again, it will count as another play after 30 seconds have been listened to again.

If you listen to a song offline that you have saved in your library then each play will still count after 30 seconds the same. Spotify will track your offline plays and add them to their servers when you next connect to the internet.

So if you end up skipping the end of a song, as long as you’ve listened for over 30 seconds it will still count.

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9 comments

    Hi Anj, yes it does! I believe it’s only if you are streaming on mute that Spotify doesn’t count a stream.

    Hi, what is the difference between filtered and unfiltered streams?? If i were to have a playlist, 1 track repeatedly without any other songs in between, does if count as spam?

    What will happen if you have a song on your likes and you keep repeating the whole song but you watch the full song.

    Hello can someone explain what they mean by this? Thanks

    Who are my listeners?
    Listeners are unique listeners who stream your songs during the time period specified. If someone plays your music multiple times in the displayed time period, they only get counted once

    That’s separate, which you’ve taken from the Spotify for Artists page. Unless you make and release music on spotify, you don’t need to worry about that.

    If I have a family account of 6 people, and all 6 listen to the same artist, same song, do they count as 1 stream or 6 stream ???

    Spotify is a web music streaming company that launched on 7th October 2008 and was founded on 23rd April 2006. Well, let’s not enter history and do mention this situation. Well talking about the most straightforward music streaming company, Spotify does get counted into that.

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