Survey: Measuring Success and Failure by # of Plays
How many times would you expect to play a track or an album for it to have been a good purchase? Is something you only play once or twice a failure? Is # of plays a valid metric?
It’s come up several times recently that even those who might otherwise give eMusic the benefit of the doubt are unsubscribing b/c they expect even the best of what’s left to get played “maybe once or twice.” A lot of folks apparently have copious copies of stuff in your libraries that you’ve never ever played, and I don’t really understand.
As an empirical test, how many times have you played your favorite tracks and albums? Does the # differ systematically for your all-time favorites versus the average eMusic/Bandcamp download or (god forbid,) stream? (whether exactly in iTunes or other apps that count plays exactly or a ballpark figure over your lifetime dating back to physical media)
Where do you draw the line, in terms of # of plays, for a particular download to have been a mistake?
I’m genuinely curious. (this is from another forum, but I'd love to know your answers, too)
I remember Brian Eno citing a stat that the average CD gets played only twice, but I’ll be darned if I can find the interview, probably from the 1990s, and if it has the source in a footnote. Can anyone else update that # for the streaming and non-physical media age?