Apple Music Royalties and Offline Listening.

iFanaddic

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Since Apple pays the artist per listen, I assume the more I listen to a song the more the artist gets paid..Right? If my thinking is correct then what happens for songs listened to offline?

I assume the counter still runs in the background and the info is sent back to Apple once the phone reconnects to the internet? Do we know?
 

KALLT

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Probably, yes. Don't think we can verify this though, but does it matter?
 

iFanaddic

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Probably, yes. Don't think we can verify this though, but does it matter?
To some of us it does.

If I can make a difference for indie artists (75% of my music consomption) I wanna take the necessary steps to make sure they're work is being rewarded. Even if that means not listening to offline music.
 

lchlch

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If you look at your playlists one of the defaults is titled "25 Most Played". From there I assume that a counter is updated every time a song is played.

It wouldn't be hard for Apple to gather that data in an anonymous fashion in order to determine how much they need to pay the artists.
 

jponce97

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Dec 21, 2014
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Spotify does the same
It keeps the counter going offline and when you reconnect it syncs the data back to the server, or spotify, either or the artist gets paid.