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I've got 1664 since 2008 – I try to listen to new music when I can and when it's recommended but I imagine a lot of Disers are much more actively into finding new stuff.
Mainly from browsing spotify and lastfm stations.
I listen to a lot of playlists, so a lot of them are 1 or 2 plays only. Taking a quick look at my library, I've only got more than 10 plays for about 1 in 3 artists.
so I can see how this is possible
Reggae and world music compilations help, you can get 20 different artist names in a single record then easily.
I took a year or so out as well, so it should probably be over 4000. I think that would be quite normal for people especially active in listening to a lot of new bands. Quite plausible that you could hear 666 bands a year, that's less than 2 a day.
But it seems to me that listening to this many songs is like reading a bunch of short stories from a load of different authors rather than a novel by just one - then exploring the authors other novels further.
Seems really... shallow.
How do you know which ones to explore in depth if you don't explore all the things at a superficial level first?
(3890 since 2006)
Rather than a few tracks. I do use Last.fm for similar artists but I rarely (if ever) listen to a few tracks first - always buy or download albums.
Dividing that by my total song plays (97567) it averages out to over 56 plays per artist. Hopefully that's not too... shallow.
Also pretty geeky but I'm ever so slightly excited to reach 100,000 plays very soon.
20 plays per artist.
Turns out I'm pretty shallow.
I've had last.fm for 4 months now and I have 6000 plays with 321 artists. This equals 20 plays for each artist. So maybe you guys aren't so crazy after all. Then again, when I installed the program it imported by Winamp plays from the beginning of the year to July, so in reality it'd be more like 15000 plays 350 artists which comes to around 40 plays for each one.
But I don't listen to playlists or anything because I think they're a waste of time and/or of variable quality.
and few to zero playlists. So two plays of an album per artist? One is normally enough to know if it's worth a second go.
But the average means nothing because our plays follow the <science>long tail distribution</science>.
I guess that means we are all incredibly shallow and very loyal at the same time!
pretty easy really
8.5 plays per act. I tend to listen to whole albums on spotify, but often only once if I'm not taken with them. I don't have time in my life to listen to a second album by someone that I'm not that arsed about
6225! That's immense, surely not in a good way.
With compilations, playlists for my daughter, etc. over 5 years it's easy enough
It's also because I buy the stuff that I REALLY like on record and listen to it that way. If you factor that in as well it would be a lot more plays but no more acts
I don't think that analogy works. I am very happy to listen to random playlists all day long - it doesn't devalue the experience. Or another day I might be in the mood for listening to albums.
I'm not saying all music is like this. But there are certainly albums that lend themselves to more than just passive listening.
Texas Jerusalem Crossroads
Forever Changes - standout.
Mostly albums are collections of songs - some of which are good, some of which are boring.
The answer is always compilations.
sorta for the reasons you say but mostly because I just don't really enjoy them very much.
(2658 artists on 244484 plays since May 2007)
25 plays per each artist.
I'm not sure what that shows. I've never scrobbled from my mp3 player so that's a lot that's missing. I started scrobbling physical plays using discogs with a plug-in but then couldn't be arsed. There'd be a fair few more artists if I actually did that because of record label compilations and bands not on spotify.
Think that's mostly due to compilations and mixes, as mentioned above. My top artist only has 246 plays and they're only top because they're Guided By Voices and all their songs are about a minute long.
69230 plays since 20 Mar 2005
1945 artists in my library
Average of 35.59 plays per artist.
But, y'know, I've listened to a lot of stuff to see if I liked it and then given up two or three tracks in because I didn't. Even my 50th top artist has 270 plays against them.
You seem to also assume that a good band has a lot of albums, or they have a lot of tracks on their albums. That seems crazy reasoning to me.
Im very nosy
it's perfectly fine to have a narrower range of listening than other people...if you'd rather listen to a bill callahan album for the 30th time than explore new stuff, that's grand, but it doesn't mean that people with a wider range of listening are doing so in a 'shallow', 'diposable' manner. i'd imagine it's the opposite, it lets them appreciate individual stuff all the more..variety, spice, life, etc.
(hasn't updated in a while).
this isn't counting the year I had off last.fm or any of the stuff I listen to on my hi-fi (antiquated!) or mp3 player and phone instead. or stuff in other formats.
I think I'm quite picky as well.
Not bad really. It's exploded in recent times with my sudden enjoyment of electronic music.
but i'm putting that down to Tiesto compilations and Richard D James pseudonyms
THEY MUST NOT ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS ME
A mix of wanting to give anything that looks interesting a listen on Spotify, and a bunch of DJ Kicks/Fabric compilations...
I just listen to different artists and that...
421 of which have more than 10 plays.
25140 plays in total.
124,659 plays, so a touch over 57 plays per artist. And it's quite easy if you keep up to date with new music to any significant level - I probably get a few new artists every time I check out Pitchfork's recommended tracks or albums