Cruising the iTunes Music store I saw a bit called the “Top 100 in 2003″. This wasn’t a RIAA, Billboard (also available there and looking very different), Casey Kasom kind of thing, but a stat based on half a year of people feeding their iPods. 100 is a lot of albums. If you bought one every day you’d be into the end of April listening to them. Staff favorites is downright scary like how it used to be buying music from a record store. They don’t listen to the same way I do.

Also telling about these lists are that these lists are there at all. It’s not like they have to give away that info. After all, it’s rich info to give away. Like for example it’s interesting to see the little guys right up there with the ex-cop (#2). Beating out 89 other albums was Ben Fold’s EP. He writes:

” i have 24 hour access to a studio now, so i’m using it. quietly releasing my music as EP’s allow me to get it out there as i finish it. with a minimum of hype. it’s for people who buy my music anyway. it won’t be sold in the big ass chains, because that puts the price up and starts the big ass machinery – press, radio etc. then i have to pose naked at the piano, and really, i’m not a piece of meat, you know. the music will be available at gigs, and online, and on vinyl in some smaller stores.”

That’s pretty damn cool. It also means that I won’t have to wait 18 months for a project to finish just to hear what he was thinking 2 years before. Hopefully other artists will catch on to this Ben-ness.