2018 In Music: Spotify Wrapped

I’ve used quite a few streaming services for music throughout the years (I feel old remembering when Pandora was new), but Spotify is by far my favorite. The main value I see from it as opposed to similar, competing services is the amount of personalized, curated content that Spotify generates for me on a regular basis. Each Monday I get a Discover Weekly playlist with music I’ve never listened to before but which is similar to other things I’ve enjoyed. Every Friday I get a Release Radar playlist with new releases that also match my taste. These only get better over time as the service learns more and more of what I like.

Along with these weekly goodies, Spotify also does neat stuff for various milestones, and that’s especially true at the end of the calendar year. For example, each December I get a yearly playlist with my top 100 songs from the past year. It’s always an interesting listen to see how varied my tastes were throughout the year. Accompanying that is Spotify Wrapped which provides all sorts of interesting statistics about my listening. As someone who keeps Spotify tied to Last.fm because I love statistics, I always look forward to Wrapped. Here are some of my interesting notes from 2018 (no pun intended.)

  • 8,131: The total number of unique songs I listened to.

  • 50,739: The total number of minutes I listened to music.

    • For those keeping score at home, that’s over 35 days.

  • My top artist was Tegan and Sara.

    • I spent 32 hours listening just to their tracks.

  • Overall top artists:

    1. Tegan and Sara

    2. Grimes

    3. Eminem

    4. Coeur De Pirate

    5. St. Vincent

  • Overall top tracks:

    1. RAP DEVIL (Machine Gun Kelly)

    2. Los Ageless (St. Vincent)

    3. 1940 - AmpLive Remix (The Submarines)

    4. Flesh without Blood (Grimes)

    5. Do You Feel It? (Chaos Chaos)

  • Overall top genres:

    1. Indie

    2. Pop

    3. Rock

    4. Dance/Electronic

    5. Hip Hop

  • I listened to “non-mainstream” artists 69% more than the average Spotify listener.

    • I have no idea what’s considered mainstream or whether Spotify is taking the “average” listener to be all listeners or only Premium accounts. Regardless, it makes me feel special.

Here’s to more music in 2019.

It's all about being Unusually Pink.

This domain was a completely random purchase. Earlier today while taking a break from work (which was sorely needed… I had 3 weeks off over the holidays, and coming back today was not easy), I decided to hop on Mastodon for the first time in quite a while. A friend of mine who was previously on the same instance as me had apparently swapped to a different instance during the month or so that I was gone. I just happened to get lucky enough that another individual I follow happened to boost a toot from him; this friend was using the same avatar on his new instance that he used on the previous instance, so I immediately knew it was him. In seeing what instance he was on, I was a bit surprised. It had a .pink TLD. I had no idea .$COLORS was a thing now.

I hopped over to my registrar of choice (Namecheap) and saw that I could snag a domain for just $2.88 USD. It was a no-brainer. This was especially true because another friend of mine has a saying about the color pink. She doesn’t normally enjoy pink things, but she likes things which are (to quote her) “unusually pink.” A pink heart? Boring. A pink Razer keyboard and mouse combo? Unusually pink and therefore extremely cool. (If you happen to be curious, I own both that keyboard and mouse. They match wonderfully with the pink LEDs in my gaming desktop. Bonus points to me if I’m using them to play Overwatch while wearing my pink Mercy t-shirt.) Hopefully she wasn’t too mad that I snagged this domain. If you’re reading this, I’m sorry. But I did offer up a sub-domain of her choice should she want one!

At any rate, I made the purchase but had no idea what to do with it. After rolling a few things around in my mind, I decided that I would just make a blog on it. I used to blog a lot back in my college days, and I managed to garner enough readership that a few companies would occasionally send me free anime and video games if I promised to write a review on my blog. I lost my luster for writing a few years back, but maybe this will motivate me to do it more frequently. I already had the hosting space available on my VPS currently running laifu.moe, which doesn’t need all of the resources on the server by a longshot. Plus, I found this sick theme! It’s Rusty from the Hugo Themes gallery. It also gave me an excuse to learn how to use site blocks in Nginx as I’ve used Nginx for years but never with multiple sites on the same server. Spoiler alert: it’s super easy to do.

Hopefully I’ll put up more posts in the near future! They’ll be… unusually pink.