Monday, January 8, 2007

iTunes Zeitgeist

JohnR mentioned that he had too many 5-star songs in his iTunes library, which got me thinking about what the "correct" ratio would be. Or even the typical ratio, as ratios can be skewed by how willing one is to import new music and cull unwanted music.

So here's a snapshot of my iTunes library, limited to my "Music Only" playlist:

Total Songs: 3864

Wow, blogger tables look terrible. I'll push on.

I have no idea how these numbers stack up to anyone else's. Is there potential for a meme here? How do you measure up?

Most Played Songs:
TitleArtistPlay CountStar Rating
Through GlassStone Sour194
Promiscuous (Feat. Timbaland)Nelly Furtado164
Chasing CarsSnow Patrol154
RunSnow Patrol154
Knights of CydoniaMuse143
In a Big CountryBig Country84
Call Me When You're SoberEvanescence84
Shake Your RumpBeastie Boys75
So What'cha WantBeastie Boys75
The Best Deceptions Dashboard Confessional75
HurtJohnny Cash75
Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)Limp Bizkit74
NumbLinkin Park75
Battle FlagLo Fidelity Allstars74
I Against IMos Def & Massive Attack73
Mama's RoomUnder the Influence of Giants74
C.R.E.A.M.Wu-Tang Clan75


  1. Oops, my rating scale probably bears mentioning:

    1-star: Track is broken, incomplete, contains pops, or should otherwise be seriously considered for removal due to a flaw
    2-star: I don't want to hear this song during random rotations
    3-star: I don't mind hearing this song
    4-star: Very good song
    5-star: One of my favorite songs

  2. AAAAAAAGGH! I destroyed my ratings!

    I ran that script and now one-fourth of my 2200+ songs are marked with 5 stars. Only 43 songs are between .5 and 2.5 stars. I may be rewriting that scriptlet...

    For what it's worth, here's my most played songs:

    White Flag by Dido (76)
    Come Crash by A.C.Newman (68) --mostly due to alpha order on my iPod playlists
    Shave by Enon (67)
    Fashion Zombies by The Aquabats (62) --another alpha thing
    Deep Red Bells by Neko Case (61)
    Eple by Röyksopp (60)
    Misery is a Butterfly (59)
    Loser by Beck (52)
    Use It by The New Pornographers (52)
    Cornflake Girl by Tori Amos (52)
    Samson by Regina Spektor (50)
    Tunak Tunak Tun by Dahler Mehndi (48)

    Not sure where all those Bad Religion, Beastie Boys and David Bowie songs are--seems like I listen to those most of all.

  3. Ouch! No backup?

    I guess if your typical listening pattern doesn't involve skipping songs, that might happen.

    Did that happen to songs with low playcounts too?