The Saga of Shrinking Playcounts
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://forums.zune.net/70839/ShowPost.aspx' target='_blank'>http://forums.zune.net/70839/ShowPost.aspx</a><br /><br /></div>I've been having some issues with the Social site ever since its <a href="http://www.zunethoughts.com/news/show/23768/zune-social-update.html" target="_blank">update</a> in mid-December. If it wasn't bad enough that Social doesn't recognize half of my songs (even the ones that are tagged correctly), and only decides to register a play even more infrequently, it seems someone's punched a hole in my artist play count balloon.<br /><br />I'll let the pictures speak for themselves here.<br /><br />This is a screencap from December 13, when I wrote the article:<br /><img border="1" src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/500/zt/auto/1197606428.usr495.jpg" alt="" /><br />Note: Jay-Z (26 plays), Red Hot Chili Peppers (11 plays)<br /><br />Later that night:<br /><img border="1" src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/500/zt/auto/1197677894.usr495.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />Today:<br /><img border="1" src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/500/zt/auto/1199423246.usr495.jpg" alt="" /><br />6 of my 8 most played artists were knocked out completely. <br /><br />I don't know if this specifically has to do with the update, because I recall having some issues before then. Sometimes playing an artist would make the play count go down, and in other cases, one play would count double. Very, very weird.<br /><br />Maybe this has something to do with the troubles <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2007/12/29/xbox-live-up-and-running-flush-with-irony/" target="_blank">Live</a> and specifically Xbox Live has <a href="http://www.majornelson.com/archive/2007/12/29/xbox-live-status-12-29.aspx" target="_blank">been having recently</a>? Come to think of it, I might have an idea <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ihaveazune.com/?p=1101">where all my plays are going</a>... I'm envisioning a massive global conglomerate dedicated to siphoning off play counts and then depositing them in Swiss bank accounts. I mean seriously, only 5 Beatles plays?<br /><br />I created a <a href="http://forums.zune.net/70839/ShowPost.aspx" target="_blank">forum topic</a> about this issue, but so far I haven't received a reply. I don't think I'm the only one... I just checked Cesar's card, and it appears he doesn't have any Tokyo Police Club plays, when previously they were one of his top artists. <br /><br />All in all, not a huge deal. But why do I get the feeling that it only keeps the embarrassing artists?