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Mirth Alia ([personal profile] mirthalia) wrote on June 9th, 2011 at 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.
 
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