How to Scam Spotify with a Play Bot

People have been trying to game the system in the music business since the business began. In the days of physical product, there were all kinds of shenanigans use to fake inflated sales of albums and singles. There are bots that will deliver fake YouTube views, Facebook friends and likes and Twitter followers. The latest concern is product that fake Spotify plays.

Hypebot Googled “buy Spotify plays” and found this.

We know how hard it’s for artists to build a fan base and maximize their exposure to their potential audience and major labels,” begins the pitch. “That’s why we created Streampot, where you can do music promotion on the major music streaming platforms maximizing your online exposure. Buy Spotify plays and start your promotion today!

Because artists get paid on the basis of the number of plays they get on Spotify, this is fraud and clearly violates the company’s terms of service.

There’s also something called Spotify Play Bot.

Music industry corruption. Same as it ever was.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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