counterfeit scrobbles

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It’s very annoying how many popular artists top listeners are people with counterfeit scrobbles. Like Taylor Swift’s new song JUST came out an hour ago and some user already has 2.3k plays for it. Another user has “4 minutes from now” scrobbles filling their page for Beyoncé’s music. It’s very annoying because the second or third ranked usually have way more believable stats yet they’re being blocked by people who are faking to be at the top. I know it might not seem like a big deal but I was just wondering if there could be a change for this.
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Regina George

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That's because they put a daily limit on scrobbles, imagine if they did not. I think they need to reduce that limit to something more real.

The BTS scrobbles seem asymmetrical to the number of listeners, an album with 70,000 listeners and 30 million scrobbles ... Neither albums with more than 200,000 listeners have so much.
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A lot of BTS fans leave their songs playing 24/7 to increase their streams
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It's been a problem for many years now. I don't know if will ever "fix" this. Technically, it's not against the rules (I think? I have never seen anyone get banned over faking/having impossible artist scrobbles), but it does inflate artist and one's profile stats.
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Jon, Community & Customer Services

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A few weeks ago we implemented a daily cap on scrobbling.  If users hit it (and to be clear, the limit is reasonable - the only way to hit it is if you're batch scrobbling a huge amount via scripts / third party apps), they won't be able to scrobble until the following day.  This at least prevents people scrobbling tens of thousands of tracks a day via scripts / universal scrobbler, which was causing database lag for other users.

It won't stop people inflating their personal charts through "legitimate" means - e.g. playing music overnight, or renaming a 30s track, but people are always going to try and find ways to game the system, and their impact on the overall charts is negligible.