With the obvious risk of beating a dead horse, I return to last year’s music.
When I wrote the 2017 in Music summary post late last year, I made a point out of the lack of proper data from Last.fm. Now the data is finally here. Actually, the data has been available for over a month now, but thanks to my rather embarrassing posting frequency
at the moment over the last year, I haven’t made the time to actually look at them until now.
First, let’s see what the Last.fm general listening summary says about 2017.
For some mysterious reason, I listened to less tracks than in 2016 before we went to France on summer vacation, and more tracks when we returned home. Why I don’t know. What I do know, and the Last.fm numbers make that very clear, is that I mainly listen to music while at work and while commuting. The wast majority of my listening happens during the work week, and between 6 AM and 4 PM, which are my usual commute-work-commute hours.
Interestingly, there are some differences in the numbers reported by Spotify and Last.fm: There is a 10 day difference in the total listening time. While Spotify reported that I’d been listening for roughly 40 days, Last.fm says it was 30 days. Why this happens, I have no idea. Perhaps Spotify simply doesn’t report everything to Last.fm. Perhaps I reinstalled Spotify and forgot to configure Last.fm scrobbling. It’s not really that important.
The most interesting bit to take away from the Last.fm reports is the artists chart. In 2017, I listened to a total of 2,187 artists, with 40% (874) of them being artists I’ve never heard until last year.
Unfortunately, Last.fm doesn’t provide a list of all the new discoveries, just the top discovery in terms of number of plays. In my case, the top discovery was För Alltid, an ambient/electronica artist that I can find absolutely no information about online. Other noticeable finds from 2017 include Good Weather For An Airstrike, Fabrizio Paterlini, and Yosi Horikawa.
I <3 Spotify
I certainly get a lot of bang for the buck with my Spotify Premium subscription1. Last year, I listened to 5,138 different tracks. iTunes charge $0.99 per song, which would have added up to ~$509. I pay $120 a year for my Spotify Premium subscription, which is a 76%-ish discount. Sure, I don’t actually own any of the music, which was something it took a while to get used to. But if Spotify goes tits up one day – and many analysts have doomed Spotify ever since the service launched 9 years ago – there will be another, similar service that will offer the same service and catalogue.
Still, I certainly hope Spotify doesn’t fall apart any time soon, because it really is an amazing, and seemingly bottomless goodie bag of great music.