09 June 2011 @ 12:35 pm
Analytics for music! Totally worth doing.  
I was just reflecting on the fact that I have no one favourite song or artist — at least off the top of my head, but then I realized that there's probably some song on my mp3 player that has a number of plays ridiculously higher than the rest. I just have no idea which.

It'd be interesting to keep track of that sort of thing from an analytic perspective: how many plays and skips each song on your player or hard drive gets. Scores could be aggregated for albums or artists, and you could see if your mp3 player's random play really is rigged if the same song keeps getting plays in that mode.

It's too bad there isn't any way to embed that natively in the mp3 filetype. It'd need to have a way to detect being played by any kind of player, and even if you could, you can't really retroactively add filetype properties on a mass scale. The closest approximation you could get would be a program for your player or desktop that could aggregate your plays/skips between devices.

Of course that isn't to say it couldn't be a possibility for a future format like mp5 or whatever, but it's not like those guys are reading this blog.
 
 
Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Music: A Night Like This . Caro Emerald
 
 
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[identity profile] scarianna.livejournal.com on June 10th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
last.fm?
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[identity profile] mirthalia.livejournal.com on June 10th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
Sort of, but not quite the same. The music is on their centralized servers and you can't really upload stuff that isn't yours, can you? Last I checked. You have to rely on the artists to have their stuff up for clicking on.
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[identity profile] scarianna.livejournal.com on June 12th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
i'm not sure if i'm misunderstanding you or something/you know this already, but last.fm is a program that you can download that collects information on songs you listen to from whatever program you use (and i'm pretty sure can get info from your mp3 player, too). if the song you listened to is not yet on the site, it records the info anyway. you end up with charts of your most listened-to artists and songs. it doesn't sound exactly like what you're looking for, but it might be relevant??

here's my page, to get an idea: http://www.last.fm/user/SavePoint
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