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But lots of it remains unlistened to. I really need to nip my addiction in the bud and get it all heard instead of just downloading ridiculous amounts of new stuff on a whim.
That kind of makes me feel bad. I would have thought I'd have more than most people. I feel very small.
Tidysongs attracts far more obsessive music fans than average and the 'research' (possibly the most generously I've ever used that phrase) discounts people with no music libraries and therefore 0 songs.
Basically there is absolutely no way on Earth 7160 is average and anyone who replies to this accepting the statement that that's 'apparently' the correct figure is so much of an idiot, their opinions on every subject ever should be ingnored, especially anything relying on statistics as they really, really don't understand them.
Anyway 2190. Lots of duplicates but probably 60 - 75% of my music collection is still on CD only.
is there an average library size on Last.fm?
It wouldn't shock me at all if DiSers had an average of 7160 songs. Just once you factor in people like my Mum, Dad and Grandparents in the number tumbles,
Which is why so many people buy ipods/mp3 players that hold about 4Gb.
1) They do a quick bit of throat-clearing about Tidysongs users not being your average music fan before proceeding to base the rest of the article on the assumption that is the average figure.
2) I was responding to threat title moreso than the article.
I thought that was a bit over the top, but then your bitter outburst was explained as soon as you revealed your smaller than average music library
Mathematical background - I get irrationally annoyed by people misapplying statistics.
Assuming you're joking but not really arsed about the size of my music library. I can listen to music I enjoy when I want to listen to it so I'm happy enough.
which is trimmed down to fit onto my ipod- maybe 1/2 my collection if that.
I tend to think that my music collection and what I have ripped onto a hard drive are very different entities though.
without any care for art work or the correct song title.
I have 3879 from CDs that I would consider listening to. I have more from when I was younger and from songs I've downloaded without caring about what it were called.
Which is most of the CDs i own put onto my iPod.
I agree that that is a silly high figure and is unrealistic.
I think a lot of how much you have would depend on age though (well if you have actually bought/listened to it all).
it happens far too often on here (especially when people do lists, LOOK AT MY TOP 50 OF 2010 LOL REALLY HARD DECIDING WHAT TO LEAVE OUT).
I have less than that, but since I've only been 'into' music for three years or so and don't illegally download stuff this doesn't surprise me.
but about half of those are samples or clips of recordings i've made. I've only copied a few dozen CDs. Time consuming, innit.
I know I do. I'd much sooner have an MP3 player 25% full of albums I like than one 100% with loads of stuff I'll never listen to.
i just listen to spotify or CDs now, got some demos and unreleased stuff that i wouldn't want to be without on there.
i've empted my iphone and now it only updates unlistened to tracks... my new years resolution
bang on, ya try-hard
which is (almot) every digital track I've ever bought, borrowed or been sent since 2004-ish. Loads of rubbish, my ipod is embarrassing to flick through (for example, Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong and Cajun Dance Party demos I was sent in 2007 by some over-excited A&R guy, loads of local stuff I've been sent over the years, indie rubbish like the first two Killers albums- it's easy to build up a collection of crap), but I see my ipod as a record of everything I've spent time listening to.
Got lots of vinyl which isn't on my ipod. And I'm definitely not the sort of person who listens to loads of music all the time.
It's one of the major gripes I have with last.fm (in fact, classical & last.fm have other issues too, as do classical and ipods).
Actually, "measuring how much you own" is pretty cringeworthy anyway. I've got 47.4 days' worth of stuff ripped to my itunes, apparently. Counting stuff I haven't digitalised yet, that means I could listen to music for a coupla months without sleeping or hearing the same thing twice. Which means, what exactly? Sod all, really. Would I enjoy it? I don't have stuff on my itunes if I don't like it, but that's irrelevant; what I mean is would I enjoy it more than someone with a smaller collection listening through all their stuff? Or less than someone with a bigger one ("wahey!", etc)? Nah, it just means I've wasted more of my life. Or, probably, that I'm older than other people /have been "into" music longer* /am more of a twat about having to "own" things rather than being content with the radio/spotify/youtube/whatever.
I don't know why I'm replying to this really. Maybe I should've done a 'omglolz how cn ppl survive on less thn 10000 trax these ppl dont proprly liek music111' post instead. Just imagine I did and abuse me accordingly, please.
*I can't believe I used that phrase. Please kill me now.
I said it upthread, but this part of 'indie culture' really pisses me off. Like, the way people will complain about the hugely throwaway nature of mainstream culture, yet will completely overindulge in new music, listen to 200 albums a year or whatever, just so they can name albums that about 20 other people have heard of. It just leads to a culture that's just as superficial as the mainstream. The best example that comes to mind is the thread that Sean did about 100 albums you've never heard DiS version, which had some great posts in it, but in the end just descended into indie wankery that was neither helpful nor insightful.
...but I own virtually all of them on CD. Probably 97%ish. Other than that maybe 2% illegal downloads - waiting for the CDs to be reasonably priced, over £14 is just silly. Only about 1% legal downloads.
There also a fair number of CDs that didn't make the cut. I thought it was a pretty decent number until some tosser I used to work with who is about 3-6 years younger than me told me he had over 2000 albums on his iPod. This made me sad for a while but I realised his taste is shit and probably not discrimatory enough plus I suspect a large proportion of illegal downloads.
35.509 of which I also own on a physical medium (cd, lp, 12", 7")
on my main computer - all with art work and properly tagged and stuff.
I also have those plus about another 5000 stored on my server.
Having said that I'm in my mid 50s and have been collecting music since my early teens (a lot of the stuff is ripped from vinyl).
So this dad, soon to be grandad, will, to some extent, off-set your "Mum, Dad and Grandparents".
Please don't make unfounded assumptions about older people.
Quality over quantity, people.
My iTunes presently sports approximately 23,900 tracks. (or 69 days, about 165GB) This includes virtually no duplicates (only live/alternate/remix versions) and does not include a small plethora of albums on my HDD that I deleted to save space on my iPod. I think I have about 250GB of music on my hard drives.
My cock is miniscule.
that was about 8000 and odd? If so, this one doesn't seem unreasonable at all.
Think I have about 12000 or something but I'm not at home to check. This question comes up so often.
feel my girth
Most of this is from when I was younger downloading constantly but now I've got a job I've bought more cd's than downloaded lately except for the out of print or more obscure music I sometimes listen to where my only option is to download, I reckon some of the files I have date back to 2004 but I really can't be bothered checking that out, it's basic OCD as my friends say, mostly organised with HQ MP3 (nothing less than 192kbps) then FLAC for the cd's I do own and end up tagging and throwing in album art so my 8gb Ipod looks all pretty...
Most of it is unlistened to be honest, but now to sort of try and help bands and most indie record company's I enjoy and support, I buy as much as I can in a month, usually averages to be 10 cd's a month and a vinyl from a record stare rather than lets say HMV.
72 Days + 22 Hours. 215gb is what Winamp says is my library size and time.
and a bit more stuff on my computer / memory stick given to me by other people that I've still never bothered listening to.
I don't download illegally cos I'm a good boy.
i want all of the music
First, you have to accept that the number of songs you own is EXACTLY PERFECT. It could never be otherwise. Then, it's easy to bisect everyone else into people who own TOO MUCH and people who own TOO LITTLE. Those in the first camp obviously value quantity over quality. Because you are perfect, they are not. This means they can't possibly listen to all that music, can't possibly have paid for all of it, can't possibly know (and therefore enjoy) it as much as you know and enjoy and "really have a relationship with" all of yours. HOWEVER, and this is the trick, everyone who has less is ALSO imperfect. Because they don't own as much, they can't have heard as much; and because they haven't heard as much, they can't appreciate their music as much as you do yours. They're probably only into one genre, probably don't really even like the music they've got that much (if they did, why haven't they got more of it?!), and - paradoxically - probably didn't pay for it.
The fun begins when a couple of people who know the argument well but have radically different numbers run into one another. I suggest popcorn for when that happens, although other snacks are available. The contest ends when the winner chucks in a "throwaway" comment about owning a ton of uncounted vinyl. If this happens during the opening spars, however, the opponent is allowed to puff on his cigarette and say, "Well, shame on you", which renders him the winner by technicality. This is known as the 'Finchley Central' knockout.
i left half a bag of popcorn at the cinema last night
What. A. Faker.
and a bunch of other, lesser, songs.
Until my iTunes library file corrupted, swiftly followed by a damaged hard-drive. Now I have none.
Though I do have Spotify Premium.
unlucky for all of you.
have basically got every CD i own on there, as well as some i probably junked to Oxfam after i last moved.
as covered by today's lunch break, it includes the first JJ72 album
Then probably another 3-400 on vinyl/CDs that aren't on itunes.
Need to have a clearout though. There's a lot of howling shite in there.
Considering it would take you over 700,000 years to listen to everything once...
Never mind the numbers, feel the girth.
Mine curves a little to the left
So 6 inches puts you in around the top 23%? That makes me feel better. Even if it's nowhere near 6 inches.
i love how this topic inspires everyone to be Super Srs <3
^ that's one of the many many tracks in my music library
But that's mine AND my missus' combined. All bought legally, I hasten to add.
We can make that an even 20k because of audiobooks, for the sake of being accurate, but that 20584 is 62.7 days worth of music. Not too bad. I'd bore you all with the figures of how much of it is ripped to my computer vs. how much was questionably accrued, but I'm not going to do that.
There's an Arj Barker joke about having 80gb of music on his iPod, "Because I jog for three-and-a-half weeks at a time. And I DO NOT want to hear the same song twice." This thread kinda reminded me of that.
Bowie in a dress, ftw.
What a pointless thread, meaningless. Can't even say why I opened it.
and I don't really download... But say I'm on my way to 300 CDs, with an average of, what, 12 tracks each? So 3,600? Give or take? I don't know, I probably only listen to a small percentage of it regularly so who's really fussed?
I now feel woefully average.
so take comfort in that
i swear about 1/4 of my CD collection dates to the six months when I was 18/19 i worked in a virgin megasto- STAFF DISCOUNT!!!!!!
Columbiahouse and BMG memberships and get like 25 cd's for the price of 1 plus shipping. Then change addresses and do it again, and again, then sign up for my sister, and brother, and other brother, again, and again, then change info again, etc.
Back when kifing music took some effort.
I worked in Fopp when I was 21 for a year, and bought about eight CDs a week at cost price.
of all the crappy 90s cds that didn't make it anywhere near our pcs as well...
And you know it.
~2 albums a week @ ~10+ tracks per album = ~1000+ tracks per year.
I've said this on here a few times, but once upon a time a music collection was just that. A collection. A labour of love to be steadily built and up and enjoyed over the years.
I can't quite get my head around the idea of deleting whole swathes of a music collection every so often. It seems so ephemeral and cold.
The whole 'I'll never listen to it again' thing. As time goes by and my collection grows, it's kinda natural that some stuff will get listened to less and less. And some stuff may only get played very very rarely. But it's all there for a reason. And nearly all of it links to a memory of some sort. Or offers an opportinuity for (re)'discovery' years after you listened to it once or twice and moved on without thinking much of it. Tastes and moods wax and wane.
A well curated collection will offer an insight into it's owner. It may even be a part of the owner. I find it a bit sad that people are so ready to throw chunks of that away.
I was wondering what the next format post-mp3 was going to be, and now I know. "Lathe cut the new Sunn 0))) straight into my arm thanks"
"A tattoo of a Q-code link to the N-Dubz iTunes page, on my left arsecheek, pls."
I blame Burial and Boomkat for a solid fifth of that number. Maybe I should ask for a frequent user discount or something...
10157 on iTunes. But a lifetime's worth of crap on the racks.
I paid tax once, technically its mine.
I have singles, lps, 78s, cassettes, cds, mp3s - I've never even tried counting. I think the exact number is "shitload".
that's why my answer was in units of bennos, crates and shoeboxes
8GB mp3 player + spotify = not much need for more than that
I don't rip that many CDs onto my computer, hence the smallish number
... and I doubt I've even listened to more than about 25% of it, so 7160 still seems way above average
Without you, there was a danger nobody would realise the similarities.
Did a teacher or priest put you up to it?
MY COCK CAN WALK RIGHT THROUGH THE DOOR
but I mainly listen to vinyl or stream off of spotify so it's hardly surprising really
you can't even last fm it
Making me practically the dictionary definition of "average" based on this thread. I wish I was special...
I ripped every single one of my CDs (and quite a lot of my Dad's) when I came to Uni two years ago
Haven't listened to most of it on my computer, although most of the stuff I've not listened to was stuff I liked quite a while ago before I got my laptop
and whilst waiting for it to arrive have been importing things from my cds and vinyl which I've burned to cd. Using Apple Lossless on this one, my old 80gb ipod classic I used wav files and apparently I'll get slightly more bangs per buck with lossless
since I never listen to music on the computer I don't download, still buy pretty much everything I listen to. If the ocd gets completely out of control I'll photograph all my cds and 7'' vinyl, for the moment it's restricted to the 12'' vinyl
... that if you KNOW how much music you own then you're not REALLY into it at all ?