About two years ago I bought one of those devices. I was at first tentative about its use, and only transferred certain CDs onto the computer. I soon found, though, that I enjoyed being able to search and sort the music with such ease, and I liked being able to pull up alternate versions of songs or pieces to easily compare them, and I even enjoyed listening to the thing. Eventually I decided to bite the bullet, or kick the bucket, or take the leap, or whatever the appropriate metaphor is. I decided to convert my entire music collection into digital format. For six or eight months prior to our wedding I worked slowly but surely on the effort. I have a fairly large music collection, and its digital footprint has dwarfed the capacity of my device. Nonetheless, I did manage to finish the job, and today I want to sit back and survey the results for a few moments.
Since there is a fairly natural division between popular and classical music, today I focus on the popular music, and will look at the classical subsequently. Here are a few interesting (to me) statistics and facts:
Total duration: 19.9 days
Total number of songs: 7259
Top 10 Artists, by duration
10. Richard Buckner (5.7 h; 105 songs; 8 albums).
9. King’s X (7 h; 86 songs; 6 albums)
8. Leonard Cohen (7.2 h; 93 songs; 8 albums)
7. Daniel Amos (7.3 h; 127 songs; 9 albums)
6. The 77s (7.8 h; 97 songs; 7 albums)
5. Johnny Cash (8.6 h; 162 songs; 7 albums)
4. The Louvin Brothers (10.4 h; 232 songs; 9 albums)
3. Tom Waits (28.8 h; 480 songs; 27 albums)
2. Van Morrison (40.8 h; 562 songs; 40 albums)
1. Bob Dylan (52.8 h; 746 songs; 49 albums)
Clearly, my collection is dominated by that last big three; they run far ahead of the pack, and so they should.
Top Five Most Played Songs
5. “Nothing Can Stop Me”, Buddy Miller (from Poison Love)
4. “Another’s Sorrow”, Greg Brown (from Songs of Innocence and Experience)
3. “Wilderness”, Peter Case (from Torn Again)
2. “I Wanna Be In the Cavalry”, Corb Lund (from Horse Soldier!)
1. “Avalon of the Heart”, Van Morrison (from Enlightenment)
Longest Album Name: Sinead O’Connor, She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide under the Shadow of the Almighty
Longest Song Name: P.D.Q. Bach, “The Short-Tempered Clavier – Preludes and Fugues in All the Major and Minor Keys Except for the Really Hard Ones” [I suppose this could, and maybe should, be classified as classical music, but in my books it isn’t.]
Longest song: Richard Buckner, “The Hill” (34:03). The whole album is one track; it’s a short album, but a long song.
This has been most enjoyable (for me). In a day or two I’ll post something about my classical collection.