Tidal Accused of Inflating Streaming Numbers

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sterling shoote

Audioholic Chief
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I thought artists got paid based on plays of their material. Seems to me therefore that inflating plays would be dumb thing for Tidal to do.
 
TechHDS

TechHDS

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Hip-Hop, Rap, POP, and a few other categories of music has Always been over inflated. Although there are a few exceptions,
Very talented artist or actually gifted performers are very few and very far between. Some would say a one in a million voice comes around once a decade or so. My point on Genes, Thread it isn't surprising that the numbers are overinflated for lack of "Actual talent". Pun was intended for my previous post. The music industry has always been a cut-throat kind of business. Especially with pop and rap,hip hop. Didn't Taylor Swift and Katy Perry just make up? Them two been throwing pie in each other face for a long time. Point is the money is the bottom line with the music industry many will stop at nothing or do anything to inflate their bank accounts. Morals has never been one of the top priorities with music Industries.
 
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hk2000

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I wouldn't listen to those "artists" for free- even if Tidal was going to transport them to my living room for a live performance, I wouldn't want to listen.
Tidal is overpriced in my opinion. Is it really worth that much more to go from 320k for $9.99 via Spotify to Tidal's $19.99? Not to me!
 
j_garcia

j_garcia

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IMO, that's the least of their worries. They haven't paid their debt since Oct. 2017... If you 're on their service, I'd say drop them fast.
 
slipperybidness

slipperybidness

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To be fair, this "inflated popularity" isn't really new. That is pretty much the de facto ClearChannel business strategy!

"This song is popular b/c we play it every hour on the radio"
"We'll tell you what's popular by playing it on the radio every hour"

:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
 
KenM10759

KenM10759

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To answer the question of high many times have I listened to Beyoncé's "Lemonade" album, ZERO.

I like a wide range of music, and some of it is considered to be "pop" (popular?) music. No interest in that at all. Yes, I have tried listening to some parts of every song. Nothing about it appealed to me.
 
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cutedaddy

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Why is it so unlikely someone would loop a certain song they like? I regularly play music all day or all night, say 12-16 hrs. in a row, and sometimes i have a song on 'repeat' and forget about it. I don't see, with millions of listeners, how that would be such an unlikely event. Quite the opposite: seems rather unlikely for that not to happen regularly!
 
Forsooth

Forsooth

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Lots of Tidal news lately...nothing good, e.g., Tidal Investigating 'Potential Data Breach' After Reports of Late Royalty Payments and Inflated Streams.
 
slipperybidness

slipperybidness

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Why is it so unlikely someone would loop a certain song they like? I regularly play music all day or all night, say 12-16 hrs. in a row, and sometimes i have a song on 'repeat' and forget about it. I don't see, with millions of listeners, how that would be such an unlikely event. Quite the opposite: seems rather unlikely for that not to happen regularly!
Did you read the article, or no?

Did you see this item:
An announcement by Tidal in 2017 claimed that listeners streamed The Life of Pablo 250 million times during the album’s first 10 days of availability. In order for that to be true, every one of Tidal’s claimed 3 million subscribers must have listened to the album more than 8 times a day during that period.

Simple math suggests that this claim is highly unlikely to be true.
 

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