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  • Holiday Update 2013-14

    24 déc. 2013, 7h48m

    It appears that I've completely forgotten about my old journal-writing that I used to do so many moons ago. Okay, so many moons is actually two and a half years, but that's not the point. Anyways, I have returned from the dead to update my musical habits, not only to record what I'm listening to now but also to record how my tastes have changed - or stayed the same - over that 900-day period.

    Since my last update, posted in May 2011, I have gotten a new computer and started an all-new musical collection. While most of my old collection is intact, I took out lots of "singles" artists and other miscellanea that I never listened to and/or never cared to listen to. I've also added a few artists in that timespan, and quite a few records - not a substantial amount, but a decent amount. I know I'll never buy as much new music as I did from 2009-2010, nor will I listen to the amount of music that I listened to back then - and that's actually okay, because I need to listen to what's been collecting digital dust, and also because a lower track-per-day average shows that I have a *ahem* normal life. (65 tracks per day? What was I doing with all of my spare time back then?)

    I've decided to start something new: in addition to my top 8 overall artists, I'm going to include my top 8 artists over the past 12 months, to show a bit of diversity, since it seems that my top 8 will remain the same way forever. So let's get started!



    Holiday Update 2013-14

    iTunes:
    294 artists
    774 albums
    8160 songs

    I'd like to add that my library says that I have 24:03:28:01 of music in my library. That's 24 days, 3 hours, 28 minutes, and 1 second. That's a lot of music to listen to when the zombie apocalypse strikes us - I hope I find a way to power my computer so I can listen to it all!



    Last.fm:
    56520 plays (approx. 34 plays per day - see what I mean? Gotta love that college life, woo)

    269 artists (at least this went up substantially...)

    Top 8 artists overall: Green Day (5451 plays), My Chemical Romance (5125 plays), Fall Out Boy (4879 plays), Rush (4730 plays), blink-182 (4390 plays), Muse (2304 plays), Panic! At the Disco (2197 plays), Radiohead (2179 plays)

    Top 8 artists since 12/24/2012: Rush (1652 plays), My Chemical Romance (689 plays), blink-182 (412 plays), Green Day (404 plays), The Smiths (373 plays), Yes (323 plays), Morrissey (314 plays), Fall Out Boy (310 plays)


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    So there you have it. From what I can remember, I've had "kicks" over the past 12 months (two MCR kicks, a Smiths/Morrissey kick, and a Styx kick that I'm in now but hasn't yet shown up on last.fm), but the one consistent performer has been Rush. I've listened to them on a regular basis for a long time, and it's shown - they passed blink-182, which says a lot, considering blink was just about all I listened to in 11th grade, the year of my previous journal entry.

    Something else interesting to note: my artist count in iTunes decreased, but my artist count in Last.fm increased - not sure what that means, but I'll make note of it. It seems improbable that I had that many singles artists, but if I did, I'm glad I got rid of them - there's no reason to have them in here if I don't listen to them.

    Other than that minor swap between Rush and blink-182, the rest of the top 8 stayed the same - including their order. That kind of disappoints me, since I was hoping my habits would have changed. Perhaps it's because I listen to those eight too much, perhaps it's because I listen to other artists too often so that no single artist seems to rise above the rest. But c'est la vie, there's lots more time to watch how my tastes evolve, as well as how they stay the same. There's nothing wrong with a healthy balance of the two.
  • End of School 2011

    28 mai 2011, 2h01m

    Since I apparently messed up doing one of these back during the holidays, I don't have all my info... and I have no effort whatsoever to do any kind of work involving last.fm. Anyways, here's what my library looks like today, which isn't the last day of school, but is close enough. I suppose I could do this for the first day of school, if I remember, and start the process again.

    End of School 2011
    iTunes:
    308 Artists
    689 Albums
    7313 Songs

    Last.fm:
    42691 plays (average of 59 tracks a day)
    196 artists
    Top 8 artists: Green Day (4800 plays), My Chemical Romance (4241 plays), Fall Out Boy (4139 plays), blink-182 (3199 plays), Rush (1953 plays), Muse (1937 plays), Panic! At the Disco (1876 plays), Radiohead (1822 plays)
  • My Chemical Romance become second to 4,000 plays

    27 mars 2011, 3h35m

    After listening to the album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys on March 25, My Chemical Romance became the second artist in my library to reach 4,000 plays. The 4,000th song played was "Party Poison".

    It seems fairly certain that Fall Out Boy will become the next artist to hit a milestone, when they also reach 4,000 plays. After that, it's still uncertain.
  • Coldplay become eleventh to 1,000 plays

    1 mars 2011, 3h12m

    After listening to the album X&Y on February 28, Coldplay became the eleventh artist in my library to reach 1,000 plays. The 1,000th song played was "Twisted Logic".

    As predicted, Coldplay became the next artist to hit a milestone. Now, unless something drastic happens, either My Chemical Romance or Fall Out Boy will become the second artist to reach 4,000 plays.
  • U2 become tenth to 1,000 plays

    28 fév. 2011, 4h45m

    After listening to the album Boy on February 27, U2 finally became the tenth artist to reach 1,000 plays. The 1,000th song played was "Stories for Boys".

    It's pretty obvious that Coldplay will be the next artist to hit a milestone which, like U2 have just achieved, will be 1,000 plays. There's a slim possibility that My Chemical Romance get a lot of plays and hit 4,000 first, but it's pretty unlikely, as Coldplay are an album's listen away from hitting their milestone.
  • blink-182 become fourth to 3,000 plays

    22 fév. 2011, 0h29m

    After listening to the Greatest Hits album on February 20, blink-182 became the fourth artist in my library to hit 3,000 plays. The 3,000th song played was "Man Overboard".

    I predicted in my last milestone entry that either Coldplay or U2 would be the next to hit a milestone; however, neither artist has hit 1,000 plays yet, so it's possible that either My Chemical Romance or Fall Out Boy will hit 4,000 plays before the two aforementioned bands hit 1,000. But I suppose time will tell.
  • Holiday Update 2010-2011

    30 déc. 2010, 3h47m

    As promised back in August, here is my last.fm midterm paper.

    First Day of School (2009-2010)
    iTunes:
    142 artists
    291 albums
    3047 items

    Last.fm:
    3087 plays
    85 artists
    Top Eight Artists: Green Day (507 plays), My Chemical Romance (310 plays), Dr. Dre (193 plays), Yes (172 plays), Coldplay (145 plays), The Decemberists (97 plays), Radiohead (89 plays), Rush (87 plays)


    Holiday Update (2009-2010)
    iTunes:
    171 Artists
    386 Albums
    4062 Songs

    Last.fm:
    12114 plays (average of 57 plays per day)
    122 artists
    Top 8 artists: Green Day (1,920 plays), My Chemical Romance (1,346 plays), Fall Out Boy (1,228 plays), Panic! At the Disco (706 plays), Yes (559 plays), Coldplay (500 plays), Van Halen (443 plays), Rush (384 plays)


    End of School (2009-2010)
    iTunes:
    205 Artists
    468 Albums
    4956 Songs

    Last.fm:
    22886 plays (avg. of 65 tracks a day)
    148 artists
    Top 8 artists: Green Day (3,276 plays), My Chemical Romance (2,240 plays), Fall Out Boy (2,180 plays), blink-182 (1,131 plays), Panic! At the Disco (1,088 plays), Muse (1,045 plays), Rush (984 plays), Yes (868 plays)


    First Day of School (2010-2011)
    iTunes:
    224 Artists
    536 Albums
    5,991 Songs

    Last.fm:
    ???? plays (addressed in the update of the "First Day of School 2010-2011" entry)
    ??? artists (see above)
    Top 8 artists: Green Day (3,690 plays), My Chemical Romance (2,788 plays), Fall Out Boy (2,714 plays), blink-182 (1,654 plays), Rush (1,266 plays), Panic! At the Disco (1,185 plays), Muse (1,111 plays), Yes (984 plays)


    Holiday Update (2010-2011)
    iTunes:
    277 Artists
    621 Albums
    6,599 Songs

    Last.fm:
    35,388 plays (avg. of 61tracks a day) (sidenote: I am disappointed that this average dropped.)
    177 artists
    Top 8 artists: Green Day (4,231 plays), My Chemical Romance (3,561 plays), Fall Out Boy (3,519 plays), blink-182 (2,604 plays), Muse (1,571 plays), Rush (1,539 plays), Panic! At the Disco (1,478 plays), Radiohead (1,298 plays)

    A few things have remained constant in last.fm over the past 16 months: Green Day and My Chemical Romance have been my top two artists (except for a few times when Fall Out Boy briefly topped MyChem) and Rush has been in the top eight since last August. A few more things have remained constant since August: Green Day, MyChem, Fall Out Boy, blink-182, Panic! At the Disco, Muse, and Rush were all in my top eight then, and still are now. (Yes was knocked out of the top eight by Radiohead.) Seven of my top eight artists were present in August, which is little surprise; however, Muse managed to leapfrog both Rush and Panic! At the Disco, and Rush managed to jump slightly ahead of Panic! At the Disco.
  • Paramore become ninth to 1,000 plays

    30 déc. 2010, 2h57m

    After listening to the album Riot! back on December 18, Paramore became the ninth artist in my library to reach 1,000 plays. The 1,000th song played was "Misery Business".

    Paramore took longer than I had guessed to hit 1,000 plays, so there's no telling as to who will be the next to hit a milestone. Both Coldplay and U2 have topped 900 plays, and I've been listening to them on a somewhat regular basis, so perhaps one of them will reach 1,000 plays towards the end of January.
  • Green Day become first to 4,000 plays

    10 nov. 2010, 3h04m

    After listening to the album Warning: on November 7, Green Day continued their "first" streak by becoming the first artist in my library to reach 4,000 plays. The 4,000th song played was "Church on Sunday", which was untintentionally played on a Sunday.

    I'm at a lull in terms of other milestones. All artists near a milestone either just passed it (Radiohead), or are several hundred plays away from the next thousand plays, except for Paramore, who currently have 959 plays. I listen to them somewhat frequently so they should hit 1,000 plays in a few weeks' time, probably around Thanksgiving. Not far behind them is Coldplay, but I don't listen to them that often, so I don't see them hitting 1,000 for a while.
  • Radiohead become ninth to 1,000 plays

    6 oct. 2010, 0h22m

    After listening to the album Kid A back on October 1, Radiohead became the ninth artist in my library to hit 1,000 plays. The 1,000th song played was "The National Anthem".

    As I already said in the last entry, my predictions on who would hit their respective milestones were correct. Right now, both Paramore and Coldplay are less than 100 plays away (89 and 97, respectively) from hitting 1,000 plays, and Green Day are 105 plays away from hitting 4,000 plays. Seeing as I don't listen to either artist that much, it might take a while, but I'm sure that one of them will hit their respective milestone in the next few weeks.