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"song count" not best measure
Authored by: deemery on Jun 26, '08 06:13:14AM

I have mostly classical in my iTunes library. A 20 minute symphony movement counts as 1 track and 1 song. A 30 second fanfare counts as 1 track and 1 song.

A much better measure is total playing time. iTunes says I have 53:17:23:32 days:hours:minutes:seconds worth of stuff in 19495 'songs'. However, this does include audiobooks (including the Complete Sherlock Holmes) and some iTunes U downloads. There's 41:15:30:47, 15778 'songs' in my classical playlist.

About 5 years ago I started a digitization project. I'd take a dozen CDs into work each day, and would rip them to a portable hard drive and play some while ripping.


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"song count" not best measure
Authored by: kirkmc on Jun 26, '08 06:39:58AM

Playing time isn't good because, as you said, it includes audiobooks and podcasts.

FWIW, my library is about half classical, and I have 42K items... And some of those are non-classical and quite long: live jazz, Grateful Dead jams, and ambient music.

Playing time is 157+ days.


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"song count" not best measure
Authored by: asmeurer on Jun 26, '08 07:52:39AM

I listen to classical and have another problem. Most symphonies, etc., come as separate movements for separate tracks. I rip the separate movements and then use iTunesJoin to join them into one, but keep the movements. That way, my shuffle sometimes just get individual movements and sometimes get the whole thing. But I have a bit less "songs" than "files".

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"song count" not best measure
Authored by: deemery on Jun 26, '08 08:53:17AM

Note that you can set shuffle to "album" or "grouping", as well as "song". My classical collection plays 24x7 on album shuffle. I'd actually prefer grouping shuffle (more 'diversity') but most of the CD Database Entries don't have grouping info. Now when I add a new CD, I add the grouping info before ripping it. Eventually (when I'm totally bored :-) I'll go back and retro-fit grouping info on the existing collection.

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Authored by: simonm on Jun 29, '08 06:11:09AM

Pretty median list at 5,331 but growing at around 100/month. All are 256k AAC with the exception of iTunes free songs (I won't buy 128k). Average song length 4:34.

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