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weekend diversion: music by age and gender

The Last.fm blog has a cool application that assesses the popularity of music artists by the age and gender of their listening audience. This a great illustration of using graphics to communicate findings. I love the simplicity of the graph – the more popular the artist, the larger the text, and artists are situated in demographic space with age increasing as you move right and the gender composition becoming more male as you move up.

They’ve also graphed genres and identity labels (based on the about me page) by age and gender. Cultural sociologists are salivating right now, imagining what they might do with the data.

One of the cooler aspects of the application is that it lets you track your own listening preferences and compare them to other lastfm users. I’ve used Last.fm to track the songs I listen to on my iTunes and so the music in the graph below more or less represents what I listen to while I’m at work.  There’s a pretty clear (and weird) pattern in my listening habits. As a music listener I’m basically an androgynous, early twentysomething. Syd Barrett is the central tendency.  My music preferences run from the bottom left to upper right, which means I have more music taste overlap with women in their early twenties and men in their late twenties than I do with people in the off diagonal. Weird.

Here’s a link to my Lastfm radio station.

Written by brayden king

October 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm

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  1. I’m getting somewhat similar results. I’m guessing its something to do with last.fm’s userbase. Younger users are spread equally across genders, but older users are predominantly male. You can kind of see the skew in the top graph.

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    Naadir Jeewa

    October 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm

  2. This is the most insane chart I have ever seen. I need something easy to read and easily accessible and this is what I get. Thanks a whole lot.

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    gabby barrentine

    November 8, 2010 at 6:39 pm


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