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Most of generally like to think we have eclectic tastes but....

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...do most of you here really listen to a broad selection of music or do you truly listen in accordance with the 80/20-20/80 rule?  I have a pretty eclectic music collection but in truth 80% of the time I just listen to stuff that falls under the electronica umbrella, the other 20% being split between everything else

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It's odd...

7 minutes ago, SH73 said:

Where does 80/20 or 20/80 rule comes from?

Economics....it's called the Pareto Principle

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yes yes I understand it. But why do people think it's effective. The word rule is a bit subjective?

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I listen to the same band well over 90% of the time - this year over 99% of the time.

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20 minutes ago, SH73 said:

yes yes I understand it. But why do people think it's effective. The word rule is a bit subjective?

No idea, I think it has validity in some cases, but not all.

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I honestly listen to a hugely varied selection of music. I was at uni yesterday, travelling there I was listening to Messiaen and Mogwai, coming back a bit of Dream Theatre and then Peter Gabriel's 'Live blood' album. Just now I was listening to Thom Yorke's latest album 'Suspiria'. 

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Depends on how busy I am - if I have a lot of material to learn, then I'll spend the majority of my listening time on the new material, otherwise I listen to whatever takes my fancy at that particular time, which might be music I've already listened to or I might be just exploring youtube for new music and bands/musicians that I've not listened to before.

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I like a variety of music, there's not a lot I actively dislike but what I choose to listen to on a regular basis falls within a fairly narrow band.

Sure I like jazz, hip-hop, soul, folk and plenty of other genres and do listen to them from time to time, but the vast majority of my listening falls within a fairly broad definition of metal.

which, I think, is what the OP is getting at

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To paraphrase Alan Partridge - I have eclectic taste in music - from Chris Rea to Dire Straits...

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When I was first into music as a teenager and then through my 20s and early 30s I was pretty much 100% hard rock /metal in my listening. I have mellowed in the last few years and started getting into early 80s pop/synth/new wave music. Probably not quite at an 80/20 balance yet, but starting to approach it.

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TBH I don't listen to very much music. I find it too distracting when I'm working, and most of the time when I am not, I am busy working on my own songs. The rest of the time I enjoy the silence.

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Hmm I thought the Pareto Principle was pretty well known . It's widely used in production management in factories. Anyway it's also applied to a lot of things e.g. people's clothes collections i.e. we praps wear the same fave 20% of items 80% of the time while the other 80% just sit in cupboards.  It doesn't have to rigidly stick to 80/20 but the idea holds up pretty well for many areas f life.

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It changes over time. Sometimes I'll listen only to classical, sometimes only to Americana, etc. At the moment I'm listening to a lot of stock/advertising music, mainly because I'm composing it. Last year I listened to a big shed full of Trance. Year before that, progressive and other 70s rock styles... on it goes.

PS: There seems to be an 'us' missing from the thread title. :)

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Mine is quite eclectic.  I've got around 2500 songs on my walkman and generally it's on shuffle.  It ranges from early blues,  70s rock, to 80s electronica, 90s grunge and modern indie, with some pop and R&B chucked in for good measure. 

Last 10 tracks:

Child in Time - Deep Purple, Cabron - RHCP, Wrong Number - The Cure, Girls Got Rhythm - AC/DC, Ironic - Alanis Morissette, Why Do You Love Me - Garbage, Dream Lover - The Vaccines, Chasing Cars - Natasha Bedingfield, Tomorrow - Avril Lavigne, What You Gonna Do - Plan B.

I don't like jazz or country, and tend not to listen to classical on the move - haven't actually been to the Opera for a couple of years.

The 80/20 rule is alive and well as I suspect 80% of the songs are rock.  I change out tracks on the player every year or so.

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In terms of Radio - which I only listen to in the motor:

TalkSport

Classic FM

Absolute Radio

Radio 4.

I wouldn't say there is an 80/20 split between Classic & Absolute.

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Mostly I listen to music on my phone on shuffle.

There's a bit of bias towards funk on there but there's a fair bit of other stuff too so I'm probably more 60/40.

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My music collection ranges from Abba to ZZ Top, with Motorhead next to Mozart. From this, most of my music listening tends to be prog rock, prog metal or fusion, but the majority of my available listening time is in the car where I mainly listen to audiobooks at the moment.

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As per the subject header, everyone apparently likes to think of themselves as well-listened and a bit special. I'll happily listen to a bit of Strauss, or Hungarian folk music, or Radio One (not so happy there, but pre-teen children leave you with little choice). Sometimes even C&W.

However, it always comes back to Hemispheres at the end of the day. Sometimes it's a couple of months, occasionally a year or so. But Hemispheres is always the end point, usually via a few other albums that always crop up on the way (Clutching At Straws, Strangers In The Night, Going For The One, Hanx!).

I'm old enough to not bother about thinking I have an eclectic taste in music anymore. Whilst always having an open ear, I know my place and am happy in it.

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