Ever wonder how deep the Spotify catalog is? Spotify won’t tell you directly, but you can figure it out pretty easily. Spotify lets you search their catalog by date – so a search like this:
will return the entire catalog, which lets you view their stats:
- Total tracks: 3,586,179
- Total albums: 319,106
- Total artists: 264,461
Spotify orders their results (apparently), by popularity, so the search results for this ‘all music’ query not only shows you the size of the Spotify catalog, it shows you what are the most popular tracks in the entire catalog, which happens to be topped by Lady Gaga, The Killers, Beyoncé, and Coldplay. This popularity sort is pretty handy when combined with the year-based seach. You can quickly and easy listen to the most popular songs of any year – here’s the year I graduated from high school: 1977 at Spotify.
With 40K new users signing up every day, Spotify is capturing the music world. It will be really amazing to see what happens if/when they open their doors in the U.S.
#1 by Tijs on May 3, 2009 - 8:25 am
Neat find! The numbers do differ a bit based on your country since availability differs from country to country. In the Netherlands the total number of tracks is 2.823.081 for instance.
#2 by Afront on May 3, 2009 - 4:34 pm
I’ve been keeping an eye on this: in a month they’ve gone from about 2,582,501 to 2,813,907: that’s 231,406 new tracks in a month.
Watch out for bad tagging though: were The Ting Tings really that popular back in 1980? ;)
#3 by Robin on May 4, 2009 - 10:18 am
Not related, but I’d love to follow your blog. I didn’t see an RSS feed, but since I know WordPress, I found it here: https://musicmachinery.com/feed/rss/ – you should definitely consider adding that as a link on your home page, at least!
#4 by plamere on May 4, 2009 - 10:32 am
Thanks for pointing that out. It is there now.
#5 by Adam on May 5, 2009 - 4:31 am
Nice. In the UK: 2,816,096 tracks, 250,388 albums, 264,461 artists.
#6 by gigdoggy on May 12, 2009 - 7:26 am
hmmm cool! I just started playing around with Spotify last week. It’s amazing. Thx!
oh and great blog!
#7 by Woods on January 26, 2010 - 10:05 am
6,259,827 – uk prettymuch flying!
#8 by Luoma on February 18, 2010 - 8:47 am
6,627,589 Sweden atm :)
#9 by bobby on May 3, 2010 - 4:51 pm
7,379,107 – UK!
#10 by jevs on May 18, 2010 - 5:49 am
as of today 18/05/10
With top tracks of:
Hey, Soul sister / Train
In My Head / Jason Derulo
Fireflies / Owl city