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Some interesting musical stats

I got an email from Spotify a week ago. It gives me my listening numbers for 2016, and it makes for some interesting reading. Here’s what I did:

  • 12,152 minutes of listening on Spotify
  • 1,017 artists listened to
  • 2,113 unique tracks listened to

So that’s not bad really.

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You have to love something like Serendipity

I can’t think why I really like this, but I do. I think it’s a lovely thing, but I really don’t know why. It doesn’t fit my ideas of utility at all. If you’ve no idea about what I’m talking about, then you should know that Serendipity is an app built on Spotify’s API which shows where two people are playing the same song at the same time anywhere in the world. It is quite amazing to watch, but, as far as I can tell it has no real purpose. Not that it needs it though.

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Attempting to listen to the Wire’s top 50 albums of 2015

I sort of do this every year, or at least try to anyway. It has become a little ritual with me. I leaf through the Wire’s top 50 to see how many (if any) of these albums I’ve heard and then try and find them all on Spotify so I can listen to them. Of course not all of them are ever on Spotify so it isn’t really a comprehensive system, but it does most of the job, and that’s ok.

This year is no different. I’ve actively listened to just a handful of these albums in the Wire’s top 50, and only own 1 of them I think. So I’ve added the lot, or at least the lot I can find, into a playlist and I’ll attempt to listen to the lot. Probably next year I’m thinking.

That’s the plan. That’s been the plan for a few years now, and it seems to work.

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nil by mouth finally released properly 

Which is great. I think I need to hear it again and reacquaint myself with it. I hope it does well for Blancmange, and I really hope that they bring some new music out in 2016. I’ve really enjoyed the new stuff and how they’ve revisited their original material too.

Anyway, let’s add it to a playlist on Spotify then.

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So where is my discover weekly playlist

I’ve been really enjoying Spotify’s ‘discover weekly’ playlist, until that is, this week, when it has completely failed to arrive. My last playlist was dated the 14th and since then I’ve had nothing new! It’s amazing how easy it is to get used to things, and I’ve really got used to this playlist being refreshed every week. So, not getting it this week has been annoying. Almost an inconvenience!

I hope that they get it sorted out soon!

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Enjoying Spotify’s new Discover Weekly playlist

It’s been a few weeks now since Spotify introduced their new ‘Discover Weekly’ playlist feature. I approached this with some skepticism. I didn’t like the idea of a playlist generated by some algorithm based on my listening habit. I assumed it would pick up all the wrong things and offer me some dreadful concoction of tracks that would be ultimately unlistenable.

However, I was for the most part wrong. It appears that Spotify have done a very good job of pulling this together and making it something that is in fact quite enjoyable to listen to, and that has, somewhat rapidly, become a looked forward to part of my week.

As a result of the discover weekly playlist I’ve already found a few artists who’s work I didn’t know and have looked into further. It’s been very good. I really hope it continues to provide interesting discovery and open up new musical possibilities.

I just hope that they don’t get rid of it like they did with Spotify apps.