There are not very many things in life that I whole-heartedly and fully believe in. Hummus, Britney Spears and "Lost" are the things that come to mind immediately. But right up there with that lofty trio is - wait for it - iTunes Music Library play counts. I am obsessive about my play counts. Always have been. Always will be.
Now, as a general rule, I'm not really that ridiculous when it comes to my mp3s. I could care less about album artwork - don't matter to me if the right album cover is showing while I run to that song from the new iPod commercial. Same with "genre" or any of that other information that gets added on to each song.
But I need my play counts to accurately reflect how many times I have listened to a song. It is imperative. If I download a mp3 of Hip New Band's single from some blog and listen to it 34 times and then buy Hip New Band's album two months later when it comes out on the iTunes Music Store, I will delete the blog-posted single that I had imported and then play that song from the album I just downloaded 34 times so it reflects the 34 times I have already listened to the song.
There are few things I find more instantly pleasurable than looking at my Top 25 Most Played list and thinking about what it says about me, or how it's changed since the last time I viewed it. I think you can tell a lot about someone from their Top 25 Most Played songs. Actually, I don't really think that. But it's still fun to do.