Last year at this time I posted about how it is possible to analyze your iTunes library and generate some statistics about it. Well, another year has come and gone and I have been listening lots to my iPod Touch. I have discovered and rediscovered a ton of great music and love how iTunes helps me to organize my hobby.
I use two different programs to run the statistics. The most polished one is called SuperAnalzyer and it creates some wonderful statistics and graphs.
The other program is a fabulous little script written by Scott Yanff.
These statistics were taken late December 26, 2010 of my personal library. It is a snapshot of a year of iTunes use and listening. After listening to a song a couple of times I will assign a rating to it. Some changes of note:
- 12,626 songs has grown to 21,108 songs with over 8,400 songs being added to the library. This is kinda a slow down mostly because I had imported most of my CD collection in the previous year. I have also begun purchasing albums and songs through iTunes so the physical CD collecting is going to slow down even further which will make my wife happy. 😉
- 783 artists has grown to 1,737 artists
- 815 albums has grown to 1,341 albums
- I have noticed that I have become more forgiving in the rating of the music I listen to, since I started with iTunes. I started off being highly critical and deciding whether a song was worthy of being a 5 star based on some kind of criteria. I have now have realized that it all comes down to what extent a song moves me.
- I have dabbled with some Jazz, Blues, and Country music which has given me increased appreciation for those genres.
- I have verified that my favorite music genre is the New Wave era of the 1970s & 1980s. The music from that era has spiked that number of five star and four star songs by a large amount (252 song up from 84 and 2,364 from 595 respectively). There was so much great stuff then! 🙂