What’s the Deal with Streaming Fraud?

No cabe la menor duda de que los servicios de streaming de música como Spotify y Apple Music están dominando la distribución musical en el mundo digital. Con el streaming ganan tanto el artista como el público. Los artistas ganan dinero por cada stream de su música, mientras que los oyentes pueden llevar su música a todas partes sin tener que descargar nada.

Artists, producers, labels, or anyone who is an owner of music rights are always striving to gain as many streams as possible. But in a world that is so stat-driven, there are plenty of potential issues within streaming numbers–things like streaming fraud, which could easily sabotage the trajectory of an artist’s music career. And you could be one of the many artists who are generating fraudulent streams without even realizing it. Yikes, right?

Why you should never rely on fake streams

No hace falta ser Sherlock Holmes para darse cuenta cuando se trata de cifras poco fiables de streaming. Ya sea que para ganar unos cientos de streams extra uses bots de streaming, que repitas tu canción durante horas, o incluso si le pagas a un tercero aparentemente autorizado que te garantiza streams o colocaciones en listas de reproducción, la verdad, no vale la pena.

Spotify even states in its terms and conditions that “artificially increasing play counts by using any bot, script, or other automated process is strictly prohibited.”

Como artista de TuneCore, si te ves involucrado en un fraude de streaming y se te descubre, es probable que tu música sea eliminada de todas las tiendas y plataformas de streaming, y que además no recibas ningún pago. También es casi seguro que te llegue una advertencia oficial de nuestra parte y que cancelemos tu cuenta de TuneCore.

“But I didn’t even know what I’ve been doing was considered streaming fraud!” That’s okay. It happens more often than you’d think. You may be approached by a buttoned-up third party like a music promoter who guarantees you’ll generate X amount of streams. No matter how legit they may seem, be sure to do your research and remember the old saying, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

What’s being done about it?

As the scope of the way we consume music continues to advance, the music industry is finding more effective ways to stop fraudulent streaming in its tracks. Every day, streaming platforms are working hard to help eliminate streaming abuse by proactively removing content that violates their terms.
Additionally, streaming services like Spotify have been having real people reviewing suspicious streaming numbers while also developing technological systems to identify and combat streaming manipulation.

Para concluir…

No matter how fraudulent streams are generated, they’re never going to be reliable. Always remember that it’s easier to detect fraudulent streams from legitimate ones than you’d think. Higher numbers don’t mean more talent, and just about everyone knows it. Even if you think you’re working with a legitimate service that promises streams in exchange for money, there’s still the high possibility of illegal methods being used. So why not play it safe?

Al fin y al cabo, lo único que queremos tanto TuneCore como nuestros socios de negocios es que seas exitoso en tu carrera como artista. Por eso te recomendamos que siempre tengas en mente lo siguiente: obtenerlo de manera fraudulenta siempre será más perjudicial que útil para tu carrera.

Want to learn how to prevent it?

We released an up-to-date guide to streaming fraud covering everything from Spotify’s new fraud penalties to the rise of legitimate-looking boost collectives. Plus, we discuss how to prevent committing streaming fraud in the first place.

If you want to grow your career and become successful in the music industry correctly, there’s no better time to click here than now.