One great thing about iPods and iTunes is the way you can use them to objectively analyse what music you like (other music solutions might have similar functionality). As iTunes will list how many times you have listened to a track, your actual listening preferences are laid bare. You might like to say that you spend your time listening to Tibetan necro-jazz, but iTunes makes plain that you are really listening to the greatest hits of Hanson on endless repeat. The iTunes play counts will of course bias towards the kind of music you like to listen to when away from a proper music player, but this serves to point out how much listening is done on the move.
That was all by way of introduction. This Christmas I am using iTunes smart playlists to generate rules-based compilation CDs which I will then give to people who have similar discs to give back. I will burn up copies of the following three discs:
1. New Favourites
This will have the most played tracks I have added to iTunes in the last 12 months.
2. All-Time Favourites
This will have the tracks on iTunes that I have played the most since the dawn of time.
3. Forgotten Favourites
This sadface disc will have the most played tracks not listened to in the last year. What went wrong with these tunes?
Random factors will determine who gets which disc.
Do you want to play this game? If you do, make sure to enclose a tracklisting with your CD.
Previous iPod favourites:
Favourite Tunes (as of 21/12/2006)
iPod Top Ten (as of 4/5/2006)
iPod Top Ten