Jay wrote:As far as I know, an individual can only contribute "0.7" sales to a particular track each week via streaming. Only 10 plays per day will count towards the chart, so if you play a track more than that in one day then those further plays won't contribute in any way. 10 plays in a day equates to 0.1 sales. So you'd have to play a track 70 times in one week to give that song 0.7 sales. So essentially one person can't contribute all that much to a song's sales via streaming. The problem of course is the sheer number of people that play a particular track per week, for a few weeks/months... so the contribution from streaming certainly adds up quite significantly.
I quite like Sammy's idea that one person could only contribute one sale's worth to a song in the end. That would at least limit the impact of streaming of a particular song over many months, or even years. However as previously mentioned, in the past people could buy more than one physical copy (particularly if it was sold in different formats) & also people can download different remixes of a song, not just the main version. So the chart has never really ever been a pure reflection of a song's popularity, there's always been a bit of manipulation. As things progress, I guess that manipulation is now the never ending impact of streaming.
I do miss the days when it was just physicals, in terms of the chart. I think out of everything it was near to being the most accurate representation of popularity. I mean buying a physical format wasn't too cheap & it required a certain level of motivation (i.e. going out to the shops). Not as simple as downloading or streaming for less money / in the comfort of your own home. Plus there was the fact physicals had a shelf-life, whereas downloads/streaming are never ending. That's the main reason really why I think it's unfair for a download/streaming hit of today to be put up against hits from the past that were physicals only and then stopped selling for years. I'd say that a Spice Girls single selling over 600,000 copies in the 90s was a lot more meaningful than a song that sells double that amount these days via downloads/streaming.
We can to do it.