Sum Music Metrics

Warning: navel-centric music post ahead.

Well, I finally gave in and uploaded my library to www.itunesregistry.com to get my listening statistics. iTunesRegistry is a nice little site where you can send in your iTunes library information and the site will run all kinds of statistical analysis and spit out some cool information about your listening habits including: your "favorite" albums by total listening time and total play count, your favorite artist by total listening time, favorite track by total play-time, et cetera, rather than simple "Play Count," which is as deceiving a stat as, say, ERA as opposed to WHIP, in baseball terms.

It is also somewhat unfortunate that I went through a computer malfunction in January of 2008 (remember those days, boys?) and so these play-counts only represent about 19 months of music listening. Apple's attempt to control and define my life only stretches back a year-and-a-half, as it were.

So, here are my Top 11 Albums in terms of total individual track playcount (least significant metric, I think: does not account for listening time or number of tracks/album) (eleven because after 11 there is a somewhat significant drop-off)

11. And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out by Yo La Tengo: 82 plays
10. The Beatles [White Album] by The Beatles: 83 plays
9. Bromst by Dan Deacon: 85 plays
8. Here Come the Warm Jets by Brian Eno: 92 Plays
7. 69 Love Songs, Volume 1: 99 Plays

6. Person Pitch by Panda Bear: 104 plays
5. Merriweather Post Pavilion: 112 Plays
4. Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel: 113 Plays
3. Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend: 118 Plays
2. The Midnight Organ Fight by Frightened Rabbit: 138 Plays
1. Abbey Road by The Beatles: 147 Plays

Now let's look at total listening time, i.e. the hours of my life wasted listening to each album (cut off: 6 Hours)

8. Abbey Road by The Beatles: 6.01 hours
7. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend: 6.12 hours
6. Here Come the Warm Jets, Brian Eno: 6.62 hours

5. And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out, Yo La Tengo: 7.89 hours

4. Bromst by Dan Deacon: 8.31 hours
3. Midnight Organ Fight, Frightened Rabbit: 8.89 hours

2. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Animal Collective: 9.21 hours

1. Person Pitch, Panda Bear: 10.04 hours

I'm a little disappointed, now that I think about it, at how misleadingly simple the math is, actually, and how much is left out. It seems the formula doesn't account for tracks per album or album parity (Sounds of Silence, for example, is boosted by a playcount of 24 for "April Come She Will" and playcounts around 6 and 7 for other it's dozen other tracks; meanwhile Bromst has consistent playcounts around 10 or 11. Why isn't there a function that measures average play count?)

Anyway, you can be my friend on iTunesRegistry (username: CrowbarKash) and then sort through my laundry and I can sort through your laundry).

Oh here are my Top Artists by Total Playcount, which is also deceiving for obvious reasons.

Beatles198
Bob Dylan127
Beck117
Magnetic Fields105
Rolling Stones95
David Bowie90
Who85
Yo La Tengo84
Replacements75
Frank Zappa


Bleeh. I'm going to go look for a better program.
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