When I moved from one computer to another last spring, I accidentally erased my iTunes metadata. In other words, while I kept all my songs, I didn’t keep the information that told me when I got them, how many times I had played them, etc. I was bummed about this, and I felt stupid because I know what I should’ve done, but today I got an interesting view into my musical listening habits because of that mistake. (Technically, I could’ve seen this fact without the erasure, but I probably wouldn’t have noticed it.)
According to iTunes, I currently own 3575 things that one could consider “songs”. This excludes podcasts, voice memos, and other audio that isn’t music. Also according to iTunes, I haven’t listened to 2102 of those songs since March. In other words, almost 60% of my musical library has gone unused for the last seven months. That’s pretty surprising to me. When I really sit and think about this, it makes me wonder what the point of owning those songs is if I don’t listen to them at least a couple times a year. I mean, all my music put together isn’t even 10 days of music, so you’d think I would listen to most of my library a few times a year. But apparently I’ve been leaning pretty heavily in certain directions lately. Is this my brain’s way of telling me I own too much music? Is there a point at which a person can’t really consume and enjoy more music? Have I reached that?
So for a couple weeks I’m going to go on a diet of only music I haven’t been taking in lately. I’ll let you know how it goes. Try the same, if you’re game, and I’ll meet you back here sometime soon.