Numeracy in music: Spotify monthly listeners

It doesn't equal streams, and it's not constant each month

Numeracy in music: Spotify monthly listeners
Screenshot from my Spotify page showing monthly listeners at April 20, 2022.

What "Monthly listeners" actually means

In a previous Update, I linked to an article from Stereogum that said this:

"On Spotify, the band has about 250,000 monthly listeners. If you’re a person who pays attention to emerging, guitar-based indie-rock, you’re probably paying attention to Wednesday."

But do you know what monthly listeners on Spotify really means? This is the exact definition of it:

The total number of different Spotify accounts, who streamed your music at least once, during the previous 28 days.

And here are the two big clarifications that follow: