How much music do we need? How much do we listen to?

Cor! iCloud is on the way! Amazon's Cloud Drive is already here! Mp3 players and iPods and disk drives - all those places to cram full of all that lovely music you own and love! And you love it all, right? All that music, you listen to it all, all the time? Nah.


According to Music With Me, you only bother to listen to a fifth of your iTunes collection. The figures aren't completely robust, however - if you rebuild your iTunes library, it resets the play counters - and the start-up providing the figures has a vested interest in the spin.

Still, assuming you haven't torrented every last quaver in your collection, how much music do you buy that rarely gets a second play, and how much do you really need to own? How big does your hard drive really need to be?


  • Dick
    Storage space is pretty cheap though. I'd prefer to have something and have the possibility to listen to it and use up 5MB, than not have it and be able to use a smaller drive. If those figures are correct, it is not the the amount of wasted space on harddrive (and hence price of wasted space on harddrive) that is shocking, it is the cost of the music that is not listened to. It would be interesting to see a plot of size of library vs percentage of unlistened tracks. I reckon the results are highly skewed by large libraries (of torrented music). If I buy an album, I tend to listen to it at least once. However, if you skip part way through a track if you don't like it, it counts as never played in itunes doesn't it? Even if you listen to most of it.
  • Nick T.
    I love Quavers, me.
  • Stu
    Also what about all the albums i copied on from my CD collection before they got relegated to the loft? Ive listened to those songs loads but not on iTunes they are there for archival purposes and so they are there if i want them. Also havent they missed the entire point of iCloud... you wont HAVE to upload anything...iTunes will already have a copy on the cloud so basically 'uploading' is just sending a list of tracks that you have to Apple so you can then listen to there copy of it.
  • Sawyer
    I'm not really seeing the connection Music With Me is making. Amazon's Cloud Drive and Google Music both offer less storage than your average hard drive, implying that the cloud is currently suited best to smaller collections. Isn't that the opposite of what they're saying?
  • Alexis
    Don't mind the idea of cloud music. I've got an iTunes library at home and one at work. They're never exactly the same.
  • Boris
    What happens if it rains? Will I lose a few drops of my music?
  • grex9101
    I think the main problem with the above statistic is with iTunes itself - anyone with a library larger than the destination device has to find some way of prioritising the songs being transferred. "My top rated" or "my most played" playlists tend to skew the songs in favour of those you play the most, so it figures that you don't hear all your songs on a regular basis..

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