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Spotify Jedi – Scam Or Legit?

By Matthew Vultaggio

December 24, 2020

Are you trying to find out if playlist services like Spotify Jedi are legit or if they are just a scam? Find out the truth right here, my friend!

Spotify Jedi is on the AVOID list of Unders’ fake Spotify services and music industry scams. For this reason, Spotify Jedi is not recommended to be a legitimate source of growing Spotify streams and monthly listeners.

A screen shot of “The Avoid List” and the basis of this article. Source: YouTube

Also, at the time of writing this, Spotify Jedi no longer even appears to be active, there are several negative reviews available on the internet and, a closer look into the topic makes it seem like Spotify Jedi tried to flood the internet with very suspicious positive reviews as well.

If you would like a deeper dive into how useful Spotify Jedi is and what you can do to avoid phony services, simply read on, my friend. 🙂

Is Spotify Jedi Legit?

Spotify Jedi is not legit because it is on Unders’ Avoid List and no longer seems to be active.

The main reason it may be best to avoid Spotify Jedi is its inclusion on the Avoid List here. However, after noticing that Spotify Jedi is on the avoid list, some other things jumped out at me as well.

Let’s break down some of the other ways that Spotify Jedi does not appear to be legit:

#1 Their website is down…

The Spotify Jedi website does not appear to be active and now redirects to “Clickfunnels” which, although a legitimate tool, is a website building tool with an extreme focus on maximizing profits off of its customers.

As a marketer myself, I’m quite aware of Clickfunnels and have actually used it myself. Again, although it is a legitimate service that marketers can use in legitimate ways, its features, and the education around the service is known to be used in predatory ways.

So not only has the Spotify Jedi seemed to have completely abandoned their website but they did so hastily, revealing the software/tool that they were initially using.

Additionally, their Facebook page appears to have been abandoned, and a Facebook user corroborates this in a comment:

#2 Fake reviews?

From researching this topic, I quickly caught on to what looks to be a highly concerted effort to flood the internet with fake positive reviews on Spotify Jedi.

The website TrustPilot has just over 100 reviews for Spotify Jedi, however the vast majority of these reviews either 5-star reviews or 1-stars with very few in between.

A very weird distribution of reviews like that generally means that actual users are giving the product or service a terrible review and someone is paying for or faking 5-star reviews to bring the overall review average up.

If you look at these individual reviews more closely, the 5-star reviews are unrealistically positive and the 1-star reviews are users almost begging you to avoid the service.

And that is not all…

There is a website called “Industry Reviews” that is a full-blown website with only 1 page… a glowing 5-star review for Spotify Jedi.

Take a closer look at this website and you will notice:

  • The website is hosted on Clickfunnels as well: note the favicon logo at the top left.
  • The website is not secure: note the “not secure” warning to the left of the URL.
  • None of the links work: each and every menu item simply opens up the same review page.

So what does this mean?

To me, all signs point to Spotify Jedi actually making this website to try to rank for the words “Spotify Jedi Scam” and “Is Spotify Jedi Legit” in an attempt to “own” those search terms in Google so that these websites pop up and you can’t find any legitimate reviews.

And that’s not all…

There is ANOTHER website called “Ask4Answers” that is not secure, is hosted on Clickfunnels, and only has 1 webpage filled with glowing Spotify Jedi reviews:

Sure looks suspicious to me…

#3 Not Better Business Bureau Accredited…

As a final cherry on top of it all, Spotify Jedi is not BBB accredited and also has had 3 complaints over the last few years:

Not much more to add here, other than all signs point towards Spotify Jedi being a company you should definitely do your own research on.

How Is Spotify Jedi A Scam?

As Spotify has grown more popular, bad actors have entered the mix trying to game the system by selling streams and making money off of artists by having them pay to be on fraudulent playlists.

Phony playlists offer to put artists on playlists filled with bots, click farm labor, and/or deactivated accounts in exchange for money.

How do I know this?

Any service that can guarantee an exact amount of streams for a dollar value is usually fake.

The reality of how playlists work is that real people interact with any given playlist randomly and sporadically. Do you listen to every song on a playlist that you follow a specific amount of times and extremely consistently?

Heck no you don’t.

Think logically here. How could anyone guarantee a specific amount of streams to anyone?

Spotify themselves do not even make guarantees with their official Spotify editorial playlists and algorithmic playlists.

If you’d like to learn more about fake playlists and how you can avoid them, check out my article, Can Spotify Take Away Streams?.

However…

Can Spotify Take Away Streams?

Yes.

Spotify can take away streams if Spotify believes any streams are coming from fraudulent accounts. Accounts can be seen as fraudulent if they are coming from bots, click farms, deactivated accounts, or accounts with strange behavior.

Spotify does this to make sure that they aren’t paying any Spotify royalties out that do not deserve to be paid out. They take this very seriously, in fact (and for good reason).

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having paid to be on phony playlists, you have two simple options:

  1. Wait to see your actual streams on your Spotify royalty statement (and first make sure you actually know how to check Spotify streams properly).
  2. Stop purchasing paid playlist placements or at the very least start being way more critical with which placements you pay for.

Don’t be surprised if after paying for a suspicious service, you see some great streams in your dashboard, only to see them all taken away when you are looking at your Spotify royalty statement.

Because, at the end of the day, the numbers that are reported to you in the Spotify For Artist’s dashboard are only estimates and the final numbers will appear in 3 months on the royalty statement provided by your music distributor.

Can Spotify Remove Songs?

Spotify can completely remove songs that have had fake or fraudulent streams. In an effort to avoid making payments for songs that engage in fraudulent activity, Spotify has started removing songs with suspicious activity more regularly.

Spotify is taking the issue of fraudulent streams more and more seriously, so be very careful with how you decide to “promote” your music.

And that is not all.

In an effort to maintain a good relationship with Spotify, some music distributors are starting to remove artists that have suspicious activity and terminate the music distribution contract.

If it does come down to this, you may need to switch music distributors to be able to start uploading music again.

I’d personally recommend checking out a music distributor like DistroKid (it is what I use and I’m a pretty big fan hehe) because unlimited song uploads are definitely the way to go, to be honest.

If you would like to learn more about what DistroKid has to offer, you can check out my big fat DistroKid review.

With that said, if there are some alternatives to DK that you can check out:

How To Spot Fake Spotify Playlists

The best way to spot a fake Spotify playlist or a company that may be a scam, is simply by doing your research.

Here are 5 things to look out for:

  1. Is anyone claiming an exact amount of streams for an exact amount of money?
  2. Is the playlist company refusing to share any info on the playlist they are adding you to?
  3. Does the playlist company not make it clear how they grew their playlist followers?
  4. Does the playlist company not even care what your music sounds like?
  5. Does the playlist have a good stream-to-listener ratio?

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, it is up to you to do your own research but the main takeaway here is to make sure you actually do your own research before giving anyone money.

Some of my favorite music marketing tools

Thank you for reading this article, my friend, and I hope you found it helpful as you build your own successful career in music. 🙂

Here is a list of my favorite and most recommended tools and resources that I’ve personally used to get my music streamed over 4,000,000 times on Spotify as an artist.

Any of the paid services or tools listed here are most likely affiliate links, so if you do decide to use any of them, I’ll earn a small commission.

But in all honesty, these are the exact tools that I personally use, love, and recommend to anyone – including my own friends and family.

Music Distribution

To get your music on Spotify on all the other streaming services, I use DistroKid because you get unlimited song uploads for a low annual price.

If you want to learn more about DistroKid and music distribution, check out the in-depth DistroKid review that I’ve put together.

Or, if you want to get started with DistroKid right now, you can save on your first year with the DistroKid discount.

Facebook Ads For Spotify Success

Although Facebook Ads can be a real pain to get working properly, there is no denying that they are incredible for growing Spotify streams and getting your music in front of real fans.

This is why I’ve put together a completely free course that you can check out called Facebook Ads For Musicians’ Spotify Streams. 🙂

Music Publishing Royalties Collection

For collecting all of the publishing, mechanical, and live performance royalties owed to me whenever my music gets streamed or played, my go-to is Songtrust.

Songtrust is a publishing administration company which means that in addition to collecting all of those royalties for me, they do it on a global level.

To learn if Songtrust is right for you, I’d recommend checking out this article on Songtrust vs BMI.

And if you want to get started with Songtrust right now, I’d recommend learning about the Songtrust discount code so that you can get the best price. 🙂

Website & Smart Links

I’m personally not a big fan of the link-in-bio and smart links for music pages like ToneDen and Hyppeddit.

Instead, I prefer having a full-blown WordPress website that allows me to have a full website in addition to unlimited music links.

For getting started with this, I really like Bluehost because it is the cheapest and a theme called Thrive Themes because it is the most flexible and easiest to use.

I’ve actually created a free Smart Links Course that you can take to learn how to get set up and start getting more streams with custom smart links (I’ve even included the templates I am using!).

Want more tools and resources for your music career?

If you’d like to see even more of my favorite marketing tools and resources for musicians and music artists, I’ve created an even larger list on this page: Best Marketing Tools & Resources For Musicians (& Music Artists).

P.S. There are even some free tools and resources included on that page as well! 🙂

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