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YouTube Music Is Now Showing Its Play Numbers (to some users)

by Dylan Smith, Digital Music News, June 2, 2023

About one week after it began testing a Shorts-like music video offering called Samples, YouTube Music has reportedly started integrating play counts.

This latest feature from the streaming service, which has also bolstered its radio experience and added real-time lyrics on the year, just recently came to light in a Reddit post. According to the observant Redditor who disclosed the play-count addition, select YouTube Music users can now see how many streams artists’ top songs have racked up.

(...) These plays could include YouTube views on verified music videos and audio-only uploads as well as streams on YouTube Music itself, the eagle-eyed fan indicated.

Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” shows 348 million plays on YouTube Music in a screenshot included with the Reddit post, for instance. The track’s music video has about 134 million views at present, whereas the audio-only upload has generated approximately 756 million streams on Spotify.


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