In the iTunes app on your PC, choose Account > Sign In.2)
Do one of the following:
- Sign in with your Apple ID: Enter your Apple ID and password, then click Next.
- Create an Apple ID: Click Create New Apple ID and follow the onscreen instructions.3)
See the Apple Support articles Sign in with your Apple ID
and Two-factor authentication for Apple ID
If you have purchased an album from the iTunes Store, and you're playing the files from that purchased album, that is not a stream
. It does count as a purchase for the artist.5)
If you add the album from Apple Music, and play the Apple Music files, that is a stream. Anytime you play a song from the Apple Music Library it is a stream.6)
A stream will count as a "Play" no matter where you're playing it from if it's an Apple Music file. It can be part of a playlist, from a search, and while playing a file offline - so long as these are Apple Music files. If they're files that you purchased, it would be part of the "Purchases" category.