SPOTIFY

Spotify is one of the largest music streaming services globally. It allows users access to millions of songs, podcasts, and other content from artists across the globe. It is available in the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and many regions of Africa and Asia. Spotify offers two options to select from: free and premium subscriptions.

How to make a playlist:

iOS DEVICES:

  1. Open the Spotify app.
  2. Go to “Your Library.”
  3. Tap “Playlists,” and select “Create Playlist.”
  4. Name the playlist; the new playlist can be found in the Spotify library.
  5. Go to the new playlist, and press “Add Songs.” It will direct you to a search bar where the album or song can be searched.
  6. Tap the “+” icon on the right side of the track and the song will be added to the new playlist.
  7. Alternatively, the song can be searched in the search bar. Once searched for, tap the three dots on the right side of the track, and click “Add to playlist,” then create or choose a playlist to add to.
  8. You may duplicate a song by repeating steps 5 – 7, and then pressing “Add Anyway” when prompted.
  9. To change the position of the songs in a playlist, click the three dots on the top-right corner of the playlist. Choose “Edit,” then drag the songs into the place of your choice by holding the three lines on the right side of each track.

ANDROID DEVICES:

  1. Open the Spotify app.
  2. Search for the desired song or album to stream by using the search bar.
  3. Tap the three dots on the upper right hand side.
  4. Select “Add to Playlist.”
  5. Select “New Playlist.”
  6. Name the playlist; the new playlist can be found in the Spotify library.
  7. To add duplicates, repeat steps 3 and 4, select an existing playlist, and click “Add Anyway” when prompted.
  8. Once all songs have been added, click the three dots on the top right to edit the playlist. Drag songs into place by holding the three lines on the right hand side of the song.

DESKTOP APP AND WEB PLAYER:

  1. Search Spotify on your browser, or open the app on your desktop.
  2. Go to the side bar on the left where it shows your profile and the “Home,” “Search,” and “Your Library” icons; click “Create Playlist” or “New Playlist.”
  3. Name the playlist.
  4. Adding a description is optional but recommended; ensure the description, if added, includes the keywords you want to target (e.g. BTS, Bangtan Boys, title track or album name, etc.).
  5. Click “Create.”
  6. Add songs by searching for them and clicking “Add to Playlist.”
  7. Add the song multiple times to the same playlist or to other playlists by hovering over the track and pressing the three horizontal dots at the right corner, or by right clicking the track, selecting “Add to Playlist” on the drop down menu, then selecting an existing playlist, and clicking “Add Anyway” when prompted.
  8. Rearrange the tracks in the playlist by dragging and dropping them wherever preferred.

How to stream:

  1. Open the Spotify app (or web player for desktop).
  2. Go to “Your Library.”
  3. Click on “Playlists.”
  4. Select a playlist to stream.
  5. Press “Play” or the “Play” icon.
  6. Switch playlists from time to time.

NOTE: Spotify Free subscription follows the same steps as Premium with the exception of the options to download music and skip songs. There will also be 30-second ads played between a number of songs when using the free version. Please note that having a Spotify Premium account does not prevent the deletion of unauthentic streams. Bad streaming habits and patterns will result in the streams getting deleted regardless of the account type.

Tips:

  • The best way to stream on Spotify is to either use a pre-made playlist or your own.
  • According to Spotify FAQ, playing a song for over 30 seconds will count as a stream.
  • Do not loop songs for a long period of time as it will be considered as spam and such streams will be filtered out; however, you may loop your playlist if the device is going to be left unattended.
  • It is your playlist and ultimately your choice of which variety of songs are played; however, if it is your preference to add only BTS’ songs, then select a couple of songs produced by individual members or their collaborations. Only streaming music listed under “BTS” may exhibit bot-like behavior.
  • Do not mute the volume of the Spotify application while streaming. Possible solutions are to plug in headphones or earphones and leave it unattended, or to mute the device’s volume if using a web player. It is also recommended to interact with Spotify once every few hours, depending on the length of the playlist, by pausing or skipping a song to avoid bot-like behavior.
  • Offline streaming and streaming downloaded songs are counted as valid streams; however, this option is only available to Premium users.
  • It is highly recommended to not shuffle the playlist as that will change its predetermined order; thus, failing to promote the main track.
  • When creating track focused playlists, add 2 – 3 other songs in between two consecutive focus tracks to avoid filtering of streams.
  • Remixes of a song (e.g. “Dynamite” remixes) are treated as separate songs on Spotify; thus, different remixes of the same song can be played consecutively. However, please note that the streams of these remixes are combined for Billboard charts.
  • To prevent Spotify from playing suggested songs once your song or the playlist ends, go to “Home,” click on “Settings,” select “Playback,” and turn off “Autoplay.”
  • Sharing the song via texts or social media is important for the Spotify Viral 50 chart.
  • You can also listen to songs by searching them up individually.
  • For best results, use track focused playlists (e.g. “Black Swan” focused playlist).

Why streaming on Spotify is important:

By streaming BTS’ music on Spotify, their songs can be added to major playlists with thousands or even millions of followers which allows BTS to be heard by a larger audience. U.S. streams also contribute to the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts.

NOTE: 1 equivalent album sale = 1,250 premium account streams = 3,750 free account streams.

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