Companies are claiming to win you ‘genuine’ downloads on Beatport to get you into the charts. Is this legitimate though and should you go down the hack route?
Let’s not fool ourselves: it’s damn hard to get people downloading your music, especially if you’re a rising star of dance, but one company is claiming to get you the downloads you need to get in Beatport’s chart – for a small fee, of course.
The news came to light on Only The Beat, where writer Daniel was approached by a company claiming to get you enough genuine downloads to star in the Beatport charts.
How To Hack Beatport
The company in question wrote Daniel an email, saying they are able to bypass Beatport’s policy of only three downloads of a single track per IP address per day by using real people, with different accounts, IP addresses and payment methods.
The email is written in pretty bad English, but the gist is that they can, “do 300 downloads per day/track, and 30 tracks and the same time”. Essentially, giving the illusion that you have had a swarm of downloads – enough to get you into the Beatport charts.
The company calculated that to get into the main top 100 chart, you’ll need 500-600 downloads for the top 20 positions, between 400 and 450 downloads to get in the top 50 and 300-350 to be placed in the top 50.
To get into the sub-genre charts, you’ll need fewer downloads – between 200-350 to be placed in the top 20.
It’s not that much, right?
So for a fee of €4 (£3.25, $5.50), you get one download. Say if you wanted to go crazy and buy 600 downloads of your track, that would be €2400 (£1950, $3300) to get your track seen by thousands of people, including influencers, booking agents, promoters, management companies and other artists.
Getting into the charts legitimately mean you’re popular and popularity means money to the industry professionals. You may even be able to secure some gigs out of it and that’s where the real money in music is.
Paying To Hack Beatport vs. Waiting For The Downloads To Come In
If we move away from the hack for a minute, how much money would you make if you actually waited for 600 downloads to come in? The average track on Beatport costs $2.49 (£1.50). Take off the 30 per cent in taxes and that’s $1.74 (£1.03). Multiple that by the 600 downloads and you get $1044 (£618).
So think to yourself – would you rather make just over $1000 (£600) in a week with a lot of promotion, hard work and networking to get in the charts, or pay $3300 (£1950) straight up with little work, shoot to the top of the charts and hopefully get a promoter or booking agent call?
What Does Beatport Say About This?
Beatport’s rules state that this sort of activity is not allowed, but the company claiming to carry out the hack says it has not had an artist banned yet.
The rules on Beatport’s website say you must not use a false email address or mislead other members to your identity, attempt to decrypt, reverse engineer, circumvent or otherwise alter or interfere with any software required for use of the website.
Although the company involved didn’t say who these legitimate downloaders were, Beatport is able to ban anyone who it feels is breaking the rules and effectively, could ban you if you’re ever found out.
Update: Shortly after we published this article, Beatport published an article about how it will deal with people who try and cheat the Beatport charts. The company said, “You’re doing more than cheating. You’re stealing. You’re lying. You’re taking false credit for something you didn’t earn, and you’re hurting someone else by doing so….Those trying to cheat are being watched…not only by us, but by the entire community.”
Are The Beatport Charts False Then?
It’s quite likely that some of the charts are manipulated through services like these and that’s the sad thing. Although Beatport claims its charts aren’t engineered in any way, this evidence would prove otherwise.
Will you continue to use Beatport and take notice of its charts?
Have you been approached by companies claiming to get you legitimate downloads on Beatport? If so, did you take up the offer and did it work? Post your comments below.
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