World of the Bizarre
Popular new 'song' is 10 minutes of silence
By T.K. Randall
August 24, 2017 · 33 comments
The track is actually rather clever. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Karlis Dambrans
A new iTunes music track consisting of absolutely nothing at all has been steadily climbing the charts.
It might sound like a joke, but thousands of people worldwide have already spent 99 cents on what is essentially ten minutes of total silence.
As it happens, however, the unimaginatively titled 'A a a a a Very Good Song' actually serves a very important purpose and it's all to do with how the iPhone plays music when it has been plugged in.
The problem is that the device will typically start on the same song every time, an irritation that has left users looking for a way to pause playback long enough for them to queue up their preferred songs.
The new track does exactly that by auto-playing ten minutes of nothing at all. Its unusual name is designed to force it right to the top of the device's playlist which is sorted alphabetically.
With more than 12,000 copies sold, it has already managed to reach #67 in the charts and is likely to make its inventor, Samir Mezrahi, rather wealthy if it continues to do well.
Whether Apple will continue to allow it to be sold on the platform however remains to be seen.
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