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Ping, iTunes, Apple, Last.Fm, me & my music collection

September 6th, 2010
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So after staying up too late last night blogging and reading about the latest developments out of Cupertino, I slept in quite late this morning. When I did get up I downloaded and started fooling around with Ping and Last.fm. I agree with the consensus, Last.fm does more.

Ping only knows about the songs I’ve downloaded from the iTunes Store, not the hundreds of CDs I’ve legally purchased and listened to for years, first on CD, then through iTunes. Last.fm goes through my library and doesn’t import it, but it notes down what I listen to and how often. Apparently August 31st 2005 is an important date in my life.

Total songs played since August 31st 2005

I’ve owned three Macs and I’ve replaced the hard drive in a couple of them, well all of them but the newest, either to make it bigger, faster, or because it died. I’ve also moved my iTunes library from my bootup disk of my G4, to the second internal hard drive I added, to an external, to a laptop, back to an external, back to a laptop, back to an internal drive in the G4. That is where my music is now. It is safe, I auto backup that drive regularly first with Retrospect then with Time Machine. If you’ve gathered that during all that some of my meta data was lost including playlists, playcounts, ratings, you’d be right. However I’ve gradually been fixing everything and I have more music than ever on my computer. The last time I listened to CDs was when I bought the Lucinda Williams live album collection.

So back to August 31st 2005, I hazard that was when I moved my library one time and did it incorrectly losing all the meta data. I did lose meta data from my time in China, but since I’ve been living in East Van and upgraded my iPod and my G4 I haven’t been losing metadata. I was pretty proud that on Last.fm, a service I’d basically never used, it says I’ve listened to 39000 plus tracks. And hear I though I was listening to less music than I used to. I think the last three months of unemployment have boosted my stats a bit.

My favourite artists according to Last.fm

Last.fm also analyzed my iTunes data to determine my most listened to artists. I was pretty happy with that list. Though a quick look at my CD collection or knowing me from before 2005, you’d know I’m probably a bigger Neil Young fan than Johnny Cash, (though it is close), but this is a pretty good top ten artists:

  1. Johnny Cash
  2. Neil Young
  3. Lucinda Williams
  4. Steve Earle
  5. Townes Van Zandt
  6. The Supersuckers
  7. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
  8. Tom Waits

Actually it was only a Top 8, but I was surprised it had Lucinda Williams ahead of Steve Earle as I’ve been a Steve Earle fan since the 80′s and only got into Lucinda Williams in the last few years. Oh well you can’t argue with statistics. At least nothing embarrassing is in my top artists.

I’m still learning about all the features of Last.fm, I’d signed up before but back then I probably listened to mostly CDs or even LPs. Now I generally go pure digital to my NAD receiver, not that you can’t do that from a CD. I did some experiments with my stereo to find out what device had the best DACs. It is probably the NAD, plus it just seems right to run as much through your receiver as possible. I do bypass it from my DVD player, but someday I’ll upgrade my screen and player…

I still remember Pandora Boy which Last.fm is probably similar too, but the fact the Scrobbler learns what songs I like from iTunes is huge. How come Ping can’t do that? Lawyers! It’s not all perfect in Last.fm land, their iPhone app isn’t available in Canada. Though as long as I leave the Scrobbler running on my G4, I’ve set it to start at login along with iTunes and RecentTunes… There must be a Last.fm widget though so I may be updating my sidebar…

It is going to see how this plays out, Google and Microsoft won’t sit idle, Facebook and Apple are feuding, MySpace bought iLike and should probably buy Last.fm, either that or Apple should buy them. Here are some more thoughts from others:

WordPress failed to post this and lost half the links I’d tracked down and some of the test and what is with these strange Google results for this blog and what went wrong with Disqus the other day… I’m going to have to give this site an overhaul.
Weird Google Keywords for my blog
Why are my comments all closed? I went to Disqus.com last night and couldn’t figure it out, something is rotten in the State of Denmark or at least with WordPress and it’s plugins…


  • http://www.muschamp.ca/ Muskie

    Why were comments disabled for my last four posts? I didn’t do something, Disqus is rendering a bit weird too… I fixed it but I don’t want comments disabled when I publish a new post… Something bigger and weirder is wrong.

  • http://www.muschamp.ca/ Muskie

    This comment posted on WordPress 3.0.1 we’ll see what it does to my 日本語 and 中文 last time it garbled them because my database was in some odd encoding. This has given me troubles before. I exported to XML and backed up the MySQL database, so far no weirdness…

  • http://www.muschamp.ca/ Muskie

    This comment posted on WordPress 3.0.1 we'll see what it does to my 日本語 and 中文 last time it garbled them because my database was in some odd encoding. This has given me troubles before. I exported to XML and backed up the MySQL database, so far no weirdness…

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