Trends / Streams counting on iMusician Dashboard

hi @Si_G, I wanted to update you with this interesting Spotify playlist “inspired indie originals” where you can find " Handpicked fresh mixed genre tracks from Indie artists and Producers that will leave you inspired". Just 3 days ago we were added from the bottom, it has 78 tracks (we’re now on place 75) and 814 followers, and it already produced more streams than other playlists where we are on for a much longer time. Not too many streams anyway so we know it is a legit playlist, which we btw like a lot.
I wanted to ask how reliable are the numbers that spotify gives per playlist, per day, for streams, listeners etc. and also I wanted to ask how it may come that on iMusician dashboard quite often the streams per day are less than the spotify streams not counting the youtube streams and other platforms we didn’t even check for streams. and, maybe related to this, we were told by some people that they listened to our song on youtube but the streamcounter didn’t change and we checked that, it seems to be true, but then, maybe some hours later, it increases. maybe someone knows how that works, too? hope someone can help us with all this technical stuff haha :blush:

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Hey @andi_zigon

I split this out from the original topic as it is quite an interesting question.

First things first - we take the data from the platforms themselves so our data should in theory match what is on the platform.

However, they are many ways in which this data can also change - I am going to chicken out of answering this and tag @Chris (our CTO) for more


Hey @andi_zigon just to clarify, are you talking about trends data (e.g. only the streams) or sales data (e.g. the money)?

We’re genuinely trying to figure out the answers here, as Spotify can be a bit of a “black box” but we’re not actually happy with that as an answer :thinking:


yes, just the streams :v: I put some screenshots, in the details:



as an example, on 9/11 on spotify there were 12 streams, on the Dashboard 11. the curves are parallel so it’s apparently not a matter of time delay (at least not in the short term). I mean, it’s not a big difference but as there are streams on youtube and on other platforms too, you would expect the second one to be higher not the first. :blush:

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could it have something to do with the streams from the US (and maybe other countries Canada, Australia perhaps) that the streams arrive later?

Hey there @andi_zigon thanks for your interest on that matter. As already mentioned by @Si_G things may be a bit hard to explain since the shop in question isn’t the most talkative.

One thing to note is that trends are an indication and not a fact. Sales numbers will in most cases look different.
Still, to have a clearer picture can you pm me your email, or an isrc of one of your tracks that we will look at, that might be even better.


@andi_zigon thansk for sharing your details.
First of to clarify: we are observing spotify exclusively.
The answer now is pretty straight forward, it seems that Spotify also reports the streams that are not beeing accounted for. While in our default view we only show data that is accounted for.
Meaning there is a track which was played for only 4 seconds and therefore will not be accounted for.

I hope this sheds some light into the situation!


aaand also there’s trend analytics that would give you some additional data :slight_smile:
feel free to give it a go and provide some feedback!


hey @Chris, yeah, that makes completely sense to me! thanks a lot for this :smiley: :+1:

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yeah, I definitely will! thanks for that suggestion too!!! :smiley:

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