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Popular new 'song' is 10 minutes of silence

Posted on Thursday, 24 August, 2017 | Comment icon 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.

Source: Engadget | Comments (33)

Tags: Music

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #24 Posted by Captain Risky on 28 August, 2017, 23:20
and then winning an oscar for best motion picture.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Stiff on 28 August, 2017, 23:47
Again, quite possible considering some recent releases.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Sundew on 29 August, 2017, 2:04
Considering the crap that Hollywood puts out, might just be an improvement. 
Comment icon #27 Posted by Klownzilla on 29 August, 2017, 14:05
Well with some imagination it can be the best movie you' ve ever seen. :-D
Comment icon #28 Posted by Ryu on 30 August, 2017, 18:36
Hmmm...why not have a ritzy, expensive restaurant charging 70+ bucks for an empty plate? If people will pay thousands for invisible art or listen to a "song" which is just a track of nothing then I guess anything goes, eh?
Comment icon #29 Posted by jesspy on 1 September, 2017, 9:57
If you play it backwards, it's a message from Satan.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Hammerclaw on 2 September, 2017, 9:01
Comment icon #31 Posted by Klownzilla on 2 September, 2017, 11:11
Haha yeah...weightwatcher's dream "I just had the buffét down at that new place. I had two large servings of nothing and that also included infinite refills of drinks. I had so many imaginative coke's and then I topped it off with a large bowl of nothing for dessert" The worst part is that I can almost see something like that happen in Hollywood for example. 
Comment icon #32 Posted by Black Monk on 3 September, 2017, 11:09
The world's shortest song is "You Suffer" by the British grindcore band Napalm Death, from their 1989 debut album "Scum". The song is precisely 1.316 seconds long.  
Comment icon #33 Posted by acute on 3 September, 2017, 13:08
The Wit & Wisdom of Ronald Reagan, was a vinyl album that was completely silent on both sides!

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