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20 percent of Spotify’s songs have never been played

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Just in time for the weekend comes an interesting cocktail party factoid, courtesy of the fine folks over at the Radio and Internet Newsletter (RAIN): 20 percent of Spotify’s catalog, or about four million songs, haven’t been played a single time. RAIN writer Brad Hill got the number from a recent Spotify infographic, which obviously put a slightly more positive spin on it, but he also had an interesting suggestion for shrinking this online music nirvana: gamify music discovery, and reward folks who play a song for the first time.

2 Responses to “20 percent of Spotify’s songs have never been played”

  1. Another interesting “factoid”: It means an item of unreliable information that is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact. It does not mean a little fact or little tidbit of interesting information.