8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 23, 2013 7:10 PM by ababeonlegs
cokay Level 1 (0 points)
When I log onto Itunes, and I look at a particular band, like the band, "Without A Face,"
I see the "popularity rating," beside each individual song.
What does the popularity rating bar graph indicate? Does it represent the number of sales, of each individual song? Or, does it just represent the number of people, who are listening to each individual song?

mac-apple, Mac OS 9.2.x
  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)
    Apple has not stated what the bar indicates but it is a number of sales.
    And some people have suggested it is relative to what selections you are viewing, not necessarily compared to the entire store/genre or whatever.
  • cokay Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks so much. How did you find out that popularity rating relates to the sale of each individual song?
    Also, any idea as to how many times that each individual song sold? Does one black slash next to the song represent that the song has sold 10, 100, or 1000 times?
  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)
    any idea as to how many times that each individual song sold? Does one black slash next to the song represent that the song has sold 10, 100, or 1000 times?

    Sorry, but Apple doesn't release that information.
  • cokay Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the feedback.
  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)
    How did you find out that popularity rating relates to the sale of each individual song?

    It can't be related to anything else since iTunes can only track sales, not what people are listening to.
    Does one black slash next to the song represent that the song has sold 10, 100, or 1000 times?

    I doubt it's any of those. More likely it's relative to whatever else is displayed.
    If a song sold 5,000, it could have 5 bars compared with other songs but it could also have no bars if it is compared to other songs that have sold 500,000.

    Again, Apple has not published any info on exactly what the rating means or how it is derived..
  • cokay Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the explanation. I guess I got confused, thinking that they could track people who listen to the free, "30 second samples," of each song. Your answer makes a lot of sense. This is the best answer out there.
  • cokay Level 1 (0 points)
    What does the category called, "top songs," on an artist's cd mean, on itunes? When I look at a particular CD, on itunes, it has a category, for the artist, called, "top songs." I notice that the order of the top songs can change, from week to week.
  • ababeonlegs Level 1 (0 points)

    I think you will find its how popular one tune is compared with another of the same artiste.