My Spotify October Month In Music

 

I’m often called a human jukebox and asked the question “How do you know so many songs?” and I’ve never really had a good answer, until today.

Actually, there are several other reasons at play as to why I can retain a mental library of music, but I’ll discuss that further down. The first answer is because of the below information given to me from Spotify:

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In October, I listened to 677 different songs, and 343 different artists. One of my co-workers made the comment, based on these numbers alone, stating I’m listening to enough music it could be my second job. So, let’s do some simple math and see what we can find out:

How much time do I spend consuming music?

First, let’s figure out how much free time I actually have, in order to be able to consume the amount of music I’m consuming.

There are 24 hours in a day, I sleep about 7 hours per night, and I work 40-50 hours per week at my full-time job, but let’s average the numbers and make it 45 hours per week.

24 hours * 7 days per week = 168 hours in a week

7 hours of sleep * 7 days per week = 49 hours sleeping

Free hours per week = 168 in a week – 49 hours sleeping – 45 working hours

Free hours per week = 74 hours to consume music

Obviously, I don’t spend all of my free hours consuming music, based on the number of songs I listened to last month, but exactly how many hours am I listening to music?

Let’s figure out how many hours of music is in 677 songs.

On average, most songs are around 3-4 minutes long. So, for simplicity sake, let’s say each song is 3 minutes and 30 seconds long, which equates to 3.5 in math-land.

Let’s multiply 677 songs by the average length of a song (3.5), which means I listened to 2,369.5 minutes of music. Again, let’s keep the numbers simple and round up to 2,370 minutes of music listened to in October.

Let’s convert the minutes of music listened to last month to hours.

2,370 minutes listened/60 minutes in an hour = 39.5, round up to 40. This means I listened to 40 hours of music last month.

Now, let’s determine how many hours of music I’m listening to per week, on average.

40 hours of music per month/4 weeks = 10 hours music listening per week

Based on the number of free hours I have per week (74 hours), I still have 64 hours per week of free time.

So, basically my co-worker was right. The amount of music I listen to could be a part-time job in itself.

What Next?

Unfortunately, Spotify doesn’t send these reports to its Premium users regularly, so I can only hope I get one for the month of November. It would be interesting to see how my music listening habits vary on a month by month basis.

Becoming a Human Jukebox

The first time I was referred to as a human jukebox I died laughing, hypothetically of course, because most people follow up with something along the lines of wondering how I know literally every song there is to know.

The fact of the matter is I don’t know every song ever known to man. If I did, I would actually be amazed by myself.

Now, some of my ability to retain and sing lyrics word for word from 15 years ago is likely due to a natural ability to retain information. There are other things I do that you can also do to help you become your own human jukebox.

So, if you have an interest in becoming your own human jukebox, here are 3 things you can do:

  1. Listen to songs on repeat
  2. Listen to unique genres
  3. Listen to commercial free music

Disclaimer: These are actual things I do to make sure I’m not only discovering new music, but I’m also enjoying my music listening experience. If you have no desire to be a human jukebox, or find these suggestions would be painful to endure then don’t do them. Simple, right?

Listen to songs on repeat

I know several people that cannot stand listening to songs on repeat. Whether repeat means 1-2 plays, or playing for an hour or longer, they do not enjoy music on repeat. Personally, this is the number one way I enjoy listening to music, especially when I find a song I highly enjoy.

Listening to a song on repeat, for me, means listening to a single song repeatedly for 30 minutes or more. We figured out the average length of a song earlier, 3.5 minutes. So, we know listening to one song on repeat for 30 minutes, is only about 9 plays. Discover your threshold for how many times you can stand listening to a song on repeat and start there. You can increase your limit once you’re more accustomed to listening to music on repeat.

Campfire Method

If you find a song you love, but you don’t want to listen to it on repeat, see if you can find the song on a full album. Personally, I do the album listening method when I want to open myself up to the full range of what an artist or group has to offer.

I call this the Campfire Method, because campfires are typically small, but you get the full experience of what a campfire is all about. Campfires also eventually die out after a short time-frame, or can be easily put out without a fire-hose.

Albums are like campfires, because they are typically short in length, so they don’t last long. You can also still get the full experience of what the album is about.

Listen to unique genres

Have you ever asked someone the question “What kind of music do you like?” and their response is something like “Everything, except [insert genre here: Country, Metal, Hip-hop, etc.]”.

Everyone likes different things, especially when it comes to music. I’ve met people that don’t like music, and that’s all good too; if you want to become a human jukebox, it would be wise to expose yourself to genres outside of your favorites.

Fire-hose Method

Fire-hoses are used to put out fires, mostly huge and massive fires. This method is a large part of how I listen to 40 hours of music in a month. The basic idea is to find playlists that include everything from Top-40, Today’s Hits, Pop, Indie, etc.

You can discover new music and new playlists in a variety of ways, but I prefer Spotify’s New Music Friday. There is always 3+ hours of new music updated weekly, and the music is across a vast array of genres. For this reason, another reason I call this the fire-hose method, is because of the multitude of genres you will be exposed to, I can only imagine it’s like being hit with a fire-hose. Instead of being hit with an uncontrollable amount of water, you’re being hit with an uncontrollable amount of music — you’re welcome.

Ad-free listening

I briefly mentioned I’m a Spotify Premium user earlier, so I listen to music ad free. So, let’s say you’re a free user on Spotify, which means you’re also listening to ads in between tracks and your track listening time per hour is going to be lower than a Premium user.

Spotify Free – Best Case

Disclaimer: I haven’t been a free user on Spotify in years, and things have changed. So, I only have articles to go from with these numbers, and we all know everything we read on the internet is true. Source

You want to be the real human jukebox hero, so we’re going to do some more math to compare if it’s worth it to be a Premium user.

Since I’m not 100% sure on how the free account works, let’s say the only time you will hear an ad will be if you skip a song. Spotify gives you 5 skips per hour, and if don’t skip at all, you are listening to zero ads, which is almost comparable to Premium users, minus some bells and whistles.

I’m going to guess the above isn’t the case, especially considering if you do a Google search for spotify ads, or spotify ads per hour, you will see some horror stories:

So, the more likely best case scenario is potentially 2-3 ads per hour. I couldn’t find much solid information in regards to the ad length per hour on Spotify. So, for good measure, let’s say Spotify is using a similar ad model to Pandora, where they do about 3 minutes of ads per hour. Source.

If we use our math from earlier, we can listen to around 18 songs per hour, in an ad-free zone. Now, we know we’re not in an ad-free zone in this scenario, and instead are losing 3 minutes of music as the best case, which is only 1 song.

Ad-free listening after 5 hours = 90 songs heard

Listening with ads after 5 hours = 85 songs heard

Remember, these numbers are only if you aren’t using any skips, because each skip is also adding an ad play, which would add to the 3 minutes of ad’s played.

Most radio ads are 15-30 seconds. Let’s say you use all 5 skips, and all of the commercials are 30 seconds each. This would mean you have lost about 2.5 minutes of play, on top of the 3 minutes of general ads that will play with no skips.

Now, always rounding up for good measure, 2.5 minutes of ads + 3 minutes of ads, puts us at 6 minutes of ads, and 2 songs lost per hour.

Listening with ads after 5 hours = 80 songs heard.

If this is indeed the best case scenario as a free user on Spotify, it’s not half bad; I’m going to say it’s not based on the internet comments.

Spotify Free – Worst Case

I’ve seen a few different scenarios that people are claiming to have had experienced with Spotify ads. Some have said ads after every song, some people have said ads every 2-3 songs. This is my opinion, but I think ads after every song sounds excessive and ads after every 3 songs would be the high end, so we will come up with some middle-ground numbers.

1 song = 3.5 minutes

60 minutes/1 song = 18 songs, or 9 songs in 30 minutes

4 songs = 1 minute of ads = 2.25 minutes of ads in 30 minutes

1 30-second ad after every 2 songs for 1 hour = 4.5 minutes of ads

To keep with the consistency of the rounding in this article, the math puts us at 5 minutes of ads per hour. Let’s also account for using all 5 skips, which puts us at a total loss of 8 minutes lost per hour, due to ads.

We know from the calculation in the best case scenario, you lose about 2 songs per hour with free listening, and in this scenario, you will lose about 3 songs per hour (again rounding up).

Listening with ads after 5 hours = 75 songs heard.

Listening to 75 songs per hour isn’t anything to gawk at, it’s still a lot of listening if you ask me.

Personally, I prefer ad-free listening and I prefer the playlist customization and recommendations that comes with Spotify Premium.

Conclusion

This was my October month in music. I’m going to leave you with the top 5 songs I listened to most last month:

Starving – Hailee Steinfeld

Body Say – Demi Lovato

Crowns – Hillsong Worship

Side To Side – Ariana Grande

Closer – The Chainsmokers

Are you a Spotify user? What do you love or hate about Spotify? Did you like this article? Let me know.

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