The iTunes Top 25.

I have decided to discontinue my weekly feature listing my top 10 most played songs. I don’t think there was ever enough interest in keeping this feature going, so there’s no need to make this blog any more boring than it already is.

I was also having problems with the scrobbling software from Last.fm that was supposed to pass along songs played on my iPod to my Last.fm profile page, but it wasn’t working as it should, not even after my attempts to troubleshoot and resolve the problem. So I ended up uninstalling the scrobbling software and won’t go near Last.fm again.

I do would like to present you with one more top song list, this one from iTunes. I’ve been using it as my main music player for years and it’s been quietly keeping track of which songs I listen to the most. In fact, there’s a separate playlist for my 25 most played songs of all time, which is presented here. This is truly a definitive list of some of my all time favorite songs, presented one last time at the risk of making this blog dreadfully boring.

1. Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum
2. Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
3. Dancing in the Moonlight – King Harvest
4. Soul Man – The Blues Brothers
5. Starsong – Rick Miller
6. Java Jive – The Ink Spots
7. Dialogues for Piano and Two Loudspeakers – Wendy Carlos
8. Autobahn – Kraftwerk
9. Les √Čtoiles Filantes – Les Cowboys Fringants
10. Kometenmelodie 1 – Kraftwerk
11. Kometenmelodie 2 – Kraftwerk
12. Mitternacht – Kraftwerk
13. Morgenspaziergang – Kraftwerk
14. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
15. Kodachrome – Paul Simon
16. Bush – Elwood
17. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
18. The Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
19. Riders In The Sky – The Blues Brothers
20. It’s The Falling In Love – Michael Jackson
21. Geiger Counter – Kraftwerk
22. Looking For A Fox – The Blues Brothers
23. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
24. Dream Weaver – Gary Wright
25. Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan

That’s it. You may rest assured there will be no posts like this again.

My hit list.

According to iTunes,these are the top 25 most-played songs in my music library.

  1. Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley [My single favorite Elvis song.]
  2. Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum [This gem lifts my spirits every time.]
  3. Dancing in the Moonlight – King Harvest [Another classic I can’t get tired of.]
  4. Java Jive – The Ink Spots [I heard this song when I was a kid and have enjoyed it since.]
  5. Starsong – Rick Miller [A soothing piece of electronic music.]
  6. Les √Čtoiles Filantes – Les Cowboys Fringants [I fancy French music from Montreal. This mellow tune is a favorite.]
  7. Kodachrome – Paul Simon
  8. The Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
  9. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
  10. Bush – Elwood [A hip-hop tune I find irresistibly catchy.]
  11. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
  12. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles [I keep playing this song over and over.]
  13. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – Iron Butterfly [The long, 17-minute version from their album of the same name. A true masterpiece.]
  14. I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles [The very first Beatles song I ever heard.]
  15. Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard – Paul Simon
  16. It’s The Falling In Love – Michael Jackson [My favorite song by Michael Jackson. I still can’t believe it wasn’t released as a single.]
  17. Friends and Family – Trik Turner [Another inspiring song that cheers me up.]
  18. You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
  19. A Hazy Shade Of Winter – Simon & Garfunkel
  20. One Of These Nights – The Eagles
  21. Flea-Ridden Sheep Dog – Carl Stalling [Let’s hear it for the all-flea marching band.]
  22. Sai – Kanda Bongo Man [I enjoy music from Africa too. This lively tune is a favorite.]
  23. Nina Majuba (You pigeons) – Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens [Another delightful tune from Africa.]
  24. Man In Black – Johnny Cash
  25. Geiger Counter – Kraftwerk [The opening track to Kraftwerk’s Radio-Activity album.]

Earache, my iTunes.

I had recently updated my installation of iTunes to the latest version when I got this message when trying to launch it:

iTunes was not installed properly. Please re-install iTunes. (Error 7).

So I did a total uninstall using Revo Uninstaller, rebooted and tried installing iTunes again only to get the same message as before. So I looked up this error message online and I was taken to this page that had me double check my Microsoft .NET installations for errors, so I did and found no problems there. But iTunes still wouldn’t run.

By this time I was fed up with iTunes and decided to leave it uninstalled but from that point on, I would see this error message when starting up my computer:

APSDaemon.exe system error
ICUDT49.DLL is missing

Another search took me to this page that had the solution to the problem. Basically I had to remove everything from Apple from my Add/Remove Programs list and delete their folders under Program Files and Common Files. Again I used Revo Uninstaller to accomplish this since it’s able to remove leftover traces of these programs from the registry and hard drive. Afterwards I used CCleaner to do a quick clean of the registry, rebooted and was able to re-install iTunes without errors. Once again it’s working and I’m back in business with my 100GB music library completely intact.

What a mess.

Scrobbling with iTunes.

One of my favorite sites is Last.fm, where I get to tell the world what music I enjoy listening to. Its free scrobbling software attaches to your favorite media player and keeps track of what songs you play on your profile page. Some of the supported media players include WinAmp, Windows Media Player and iTunes.

Until just a few days ago I never knew how cool it really is to use the scrobbler with iTunes. I have an iPod I keep filled with music, and iTunes has been keeping track of how many times I hear each song and saves that to its database. The scrobbler monitors this database for any changes and passes the song titles I just played on my iPod to my profile page on Last.fm. How cool is that.

The downside to this is the wait for the scrobbler to prepare itself for use with iTunes, which can be a few minutes. When ready, you can then plug in your iPod for the scrobbling process to commence.