October 2012 Statistics

gsr october 2012 listener stats

It’s that time again where we let you, the listeners, know about how we did as a radio station last month. On the chart to the left, the US and Japan make up for over half of all time listened to the station. Below, we’ll go through some stats points as usual, as well as go over a bit of what’s in store for November, December, and early into the new year.

  • More than 80 million seconds (950 days) of music was streamed in October, smashing the previous record with 80 more days of music streamed.
  • The station uptime in October was 97.4%, up .6% from last month.
  • Since we paired up with the Gensokyo Radio Facebook group, we’ve received more than 100 “likes” in the past week (about a 25% increase).
  • In listen time, the most improved countries were Sweden, Australia, Canada, and Israel.
  • Countries that saw the largest drops in listen time were Germany, Ukraine, and Belgium.

During our last Gensokyo Radio Live broadcast, we asked people what they wanted to see added or changed on the site. We noted a few suggestions such as having access to past news articles that are no longer on the front page, rating songs that just finished in addition to rating the currently playing song, an auto-login feature which keeps listeners logged in for easier rating access and such, as well as some layout and aesthetic changes to tidy up the way that the site displays certain information. We plan on implementing these changes as well as some changes of our own.

November and December are the holiday months, and as such, I’ll be busier with work and other things. Even so, we plan on rolling out a new setup on the site which will further expand the ability for users to interact with various features.

More and more people have suggested having the ability to have greater access to song information and related things. We do plan to have a much more in-depth system which users will be able to use to find music in the Touhou Music Universe that they’re likely to be interested in. In fact, one of my latest side projects for Gensokyo Radio has been “song recommendations”. This will once again be reliant, in part, on listeners giving song ratings. There’ll probably also be some other factors included to help make recommendations more accurate and relevant. This is currently in the early planning stages, so it’ll be a while before it hits the site.

Finally, Gensokyo Radio has been around in its renewed form for about 10 months (since I started working with Auritribe on it in December 2011). With that, the database has been growing larger and larger, with thousands of rows of data since we began logging information. Therefore, we’ll be doing a bit of cleanup work and putting the database through a sort of renewal. This will result in faster load times for stats information as well as a cleaner system to work with behind the scenes which in turn makes it easier to implement new features.

With that, we’ll be working on things over the coming months, and will keep everyone updated on our progress.

Thanks for listening~

User Comments (migrated from legacy news system)

Lancer | Posted on November 2nd, 2012, 03:23:32 AM
I really wonder whats going on with how many times Finland has connected and how long they have listened for. Listen Time by Country #1 [United States] 0 United States 61d:13h #2 [Japan] 0 Japan 39d:18h #13 [Finland] -7 Finland 04d:16h Listener Connections #1 United States 2,943 #2 Japan 2,634 #3 Finland 2,172 This has confused me for a while o.o …

LunarSpotlight | Posted on November 2nd, 2012, 03:55:15 AM
I have already looked into the source of this discrepancy, and there is one user who has maintained multiple connections at one time from the same IP. The “listener connections” count literally counts the number of connections made, regardless of if there is already a connection being made from an IP at a given time. This is also why Finland has had a sudden rise in listen time as well. Unfortunately, the current stats numbers do not omit duplicate connections. That is one of the main reasons why “listen time” stats were created; they are a more accurate portrayal of actual listener participation from each country. If I implement protection on counting duplicates in listen time, that’ll probably be the most accurate way to determine real listen time from each country.

LunarSpotlight | Posted on November 4th, 2012, 05:05:12 AM
More info about Finland: http://files.thfnn.com/gsr_listener_connections_graphs.png

(Guest) Khoury ― DasFotoFinish | Posted on November 4th, 2012, 06:59:13 PM
Here I am again with another suggest about GR. Along with a news archive I suggest having an individual page for each post so the comments don’t exceed, say, four posts and make the front page too long. Lastly, the ideas listed above should open new windows or tabs to avoid interrupting the radio from playing. P.S. All these ideas optional; I don’t want to give the impression I’m demanding anything.

LunarSpotlight | Posted on November 4th, 2012, 11:33:21 PM
I’ve always wanted to figure out how to make it so that pages are separately accessible without changing the bar at the top where the player is. One idea I had was to make a separate window where the player could be playing. Recently, I found a way to selectively change page content as well as the page’s URL so that the content can be bookmarked if desired. I haven’t messed around with this too much, but if it works out, the site will be able to keep playing music while you browse through the site (I know there isn’t much browsable content at this time, but that will change eventually).

(Guest) Khoury ― DasFotoFinish | Posted on November 5th, 2012, 01:59:19 AM
I believe that using AJAX or some javascript magics should make the bottom portion dynamic and independent of the radio. Sadly I have no web development experience so I might be wrong.