#1
So I just came around this idea, I wanted to calculate the percentage of music I like in this world, so it would be (number of tracks I like)/(all the tracks in the world), so I would like YOU guys to suggest the number of songs/melodies/anything 100% completed in THIS WORLD.
#3
A shit load.

It'd probably be like 0.000000001% unless you listen to a new song everyday one after the other all your life.

EDIT: ^ I lol'd for some reason
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#4
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Wait, that's obvious, both in meme use and in fact.

Truth is there's probably tens of millions of tracks, perhaps hundreds of millions.

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#6
Restricting ourselves to a 12 note scale and defining a melody as 8 notes of equal length:

13^8 = 815730721

(Thirteen to include rests)
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If you want the sum total of recorded music in the history of sound...you're likely talking billions of tracks.

Edit: the above is how many different melodic combinations there are. However these can be played in different sequences, different instruments, different time signatures etc.
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#8
You do realize that new songs are coming out every minute from every corner of the globe, right?
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#10
Exactly 9,672,679,224 tracks including home recordings at the time of this post.
#11
TS, you either illegally download music and have a chance of having 0,000...001% of the total ammount of songs ever made, or you buy your music legally and you, 1- have 0,000...000...001% of the total ammount of songs ever made in which case you really shouldn't care about it, or, 2- you are rich, have 0,000...001% of the total ammount of songs ever made and should have better things to do than asking yourself how many songs you own since you're rich.
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#12
Quote by FrenchyFungus
Restricting ourselves to a 12 note scale and defining a melody as 8 notes of equal length:

13^8 = 815730721

(Thirteen to include rests)


But then what about different time signatures, key changes, chord progressions, etc. that go on under the melody?

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Exactly 9,672,679,224 tracks including home recordings at the time of this post.

I really would like to know how you got this number
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#13
there's probably a thousand tracks recorded by amateur artists every second in the world at any given point, and about 25 any given second by established artists at any given point worldwide, most obviously will never be heard but will be recoded and stored in the studio.so i estimate that since year 0 there's been about 400 songs released a year per country, there's 195 countries, so that's around 78000 songs released a year worldwide, obviously as time has gone on more and more amateur bands are coming into the mix such as the arctic monkeys who reached #1 from downloads alone so in the past 20 years let's say 1000 songs a day released which is 365000 so add that to the number from 0-1990 which is 155220000. so according to excel, and if my calculations are even close, there will be about 155585000 heard-of songs in the world. that's excluding one-off live tracks that some people do. so yeh...


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#14
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Exactly 9,672,679,224 tracks including home recordings at the time of this post.


I say this' the right answer
#15
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I say this' the right answer

Nope, that's the wrong answer now, because in the space of time it took you to quote his post, that number has increased by a large (although as a fraction of the whole number, small) amount.

Also it's ludicrous in its own right.

TS, there can't be more than a few thousand. Try and name me more than ten thousand songs. Go on.

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Exactly 9,672,679,224 tracks including home recordings at the time of this post.


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#18
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TS, there can't be more than a few thousand. Try and name me more than ten thousand songs. Go on.


These would only be songs that he knows though. What about all the music he hasn't discovered?
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So I just came around this idea, I wanted to calculate the percentage of music I like in this world, so it would be (number of tracks I like)/(all the tracks in the world), so I would like YOU guys to suggest the number of songs/melodies/anything 100% completed in THIS WORLD.

Eight.

That's how old I think you are.
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These would only be songs that he knows though. What about all the music he hasn't discovered?
Ok, so get together a hundred people. Between them they've probably heard it all. Get them to name all the songs. Probably won't amount to more than twenty thousand.

Proof.

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#21
Quote by FrenchyFungus
Restricting ourselves to a 12 note scale and defining a melody as 8 notes of equal length:

13^8 = 815730721

(Thirteen to include rests)
I think he meant tracks that actually exist, not the theoretical amount of music their could be...
#22
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Exactly 9,672,679,224 tracks including home recordings at the time of this post.

Well, at this minute it's already a bit more but I also got the same answer (if you take out those that have been made in the few minutes between this post and Tempoe's post)
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#23
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Ok, so get together a hundred people. Between them they've probably heard it all. Get them to name all the songs. Probably won't amount to more than twenty thousand.

Proof.


Ok how do you explain the fact that gracenote.com has over 90,000,000 songs in their database?
#24
I assume you're only counting songs that have been recorded and not songs that would have existed back in periods of history before sound recording (even though some of them have been recorded today because they were written down)

The estimate i found indicates that there are 97,206,484 recorded songs in existence, this includes edits/covers of the same song
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#25
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Ok how do you explain the fact that gracenote.com has over 90,000,000 songs in their database?
They're obviously lying. Businesses do that all the time to make their numbers seem more impressive.


Ok, I'm actually just putting off doing exam revision by trolling. >_>

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I assume you're only counting songs that have been recorded and not songs that would have existed back in periods of history before sound recording (even though some of them have been recorded today because they were written down)

The estimate i found indicates that there are 97,206,484 recorded songs in existence, this includes edits/covers of the same song


You either got this from wikianswers or gracenote right? That's the number I found as well
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You either got this from wikianswers or gracenote right? That's the number I found as well


Yeah, WikiAnswers first and then i checked out Gracenote
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#29
Quote by FrenchyFungus
Restricting ourselves to a 12 note scale and defining a melody as 8 notes of equal length:

13^8 = 815730721

(Thirteen to include rests)

But then there's Millions of different ways you could play them.
#30
Um, I never said recorded, I said 100% completed, means it's written, someone played it once, everyone forgot about it, but it exists
#31
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Um, I never said recorded, I said 100% completed, means it's written, someone played it once, everyone forgot about it, but it exists


Jesus, dude. There is no way someone could figure out the number then, because no one knows exactly which people wrote how many songs.
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Um, I never said recorded, I said 100% completed, means it's written, someone played it once, everyone forgot about it, but it exists


Thats an impossible question as it would include every piece of music since the beginning of time. There have been billions of musicians (people who play an instrument at all levels included) throughout history and most stuff that people compose probably never gets heard or written down. Its something that you couldn't even take an educated guess at because there are so many things to factor into the equation
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#33
Um, even if I said 100% recorded, it would also be impossible to figure out, so I asked for "suggestions", never did I demand an actual correct quantity
#34
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Um, even if I said 100% recorded, it would also be impossible to figure out, so I asked for "suggestions", never did I demand an actual correct quantity


Actually if its been recorded that is possible to figure out because there is phsysical evidence for its existence.
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But then there's Millions of different ways you could play them.


learn to maths.
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pfft, you just jealous cuz I understand maths and you don't
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#39
there is an infinite number of songs because music isn't created, but discovered.
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there is an infinite number of songs because music isn't created, but discovered.


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