August 11, 2017:Why ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ is becoming an iTunes hit

Why ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ is becoming an iTunes hit

A track called ‘Why ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ is 10 minutes of silence. Not in a John Cage conceptual way, but for purely practical purposes.

Samir Rezhami created the track in response to a bug (or feature!) that sees iPhones start playing a user’s music library in alphabetical order when the device gets plugged in to their car stereo.

Rezhami’s track, which is guaranteed to be the first song in line in this situation, provides a period of silence during which drivers can cue up the music they actually want to listen to.

Or as he put it in a tweet announcing the track: “hey I released a blank song that will play 1st so that *one* song won’t play every time u plug ur phone into ur car”.

Cue thousands of retweets and likes, and the site of ‘A a a a a Very Good Song’ rising steadily up Apple’s iTunes chart – it was in the low sixties last night. Who said there wasn’t a good reason to buy music downloads in 2017?

Stuart Dredge
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