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Half a Year of Music

todayDecember 8, 2023 11

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I noticed an interesting thing – if we were to play every track now in our online library, it would take 182 days, 12 hours, 3 minutes and 30 seconds.  That’s about as close to half a year as you’ll ever get.  With a current count of 50,235 tracks, that also represents an average track length of 5 minutes 14 seconds.  Statisticians will appreciate that the standard deviation around that number is fairly large.

Of course, we’ll never do that – play every song in a row.  Some songs will be played as regularly as almost every day (but not at the same time each day, so for most listeners, they’ll hear the song on some days but not others), others only once a week or once a month, and very many of them, never at all.

This does beg the question of why we’re adding music to our library that we’re unlikely to ever play!  The short answer is that it is easier to have music available and not need/want it, than it is to be missing tracks that we need – particularly when we’re doing listener request type programs.

We are currently focusing on improving the data on the tracks we have rather than adding new tracks, although we have an additional 800 CDs received over the last month now waiting to be added to our catalog.  We’ve also managed to upload the online data into the various computer programs that will now help us create schedules and then line up tracks ready for us to present and play.  But the next step in that journey is being able to update and upload changes, additions, and even deletions, and to our surprise (and disappointment) the simple seeming system that the software provider offers is not working.  For several weeks now, we and they have been struggling to get that to work as it should, and have yet to accomplish that.

I’ll not comment on the strangeness of this.  Are we the only customer who ever wishes to update/change their music database?!

One other accomplishment.  We now have automatic backup in place, not just creating local copies, but off-site copies of everything, too.  With several generations of data being held, we have over 5TB of data that is being backed up every day or two.

We did manage to get some music playing for a few days, but it wasn’t well programmed.  It was simply a proof of concept that the remaining parts of the music chain are ready to do their thing, and that is encouraging, while making us of course all the more eager to get the prior parts fully up and running.

Look for another update at the beginning of January, and for now, very best wishes for your Christmas.  Our New Year’s resolution is already in place – to fill your 2024 with wonderful classical music you’ll love!

Written by: David Rowell

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