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Adjusting the Script

Technically PHP is referred to as a scripting language because it issues instructions that are followed by other program's including browsers and operating systems that were originally designed to be directed by human input. A bit of a nice distinction I'd say because it has such powerful functionality and capacity for complexity just more focused on input and out put than massive number crunching.

As an irregular programmer it is always a bit of a strain to return to the analysis and modification of other people's code but we are making progress - a test product selection made it into the shopping cart yesterday. A bit of substitution was required to adapt a program intended for physical products to work well for digital content and a tweak to the database definition. Now we are focusing on tidying up the presentation and making some links work properly so that our customers will have the functionality they need.

Here is a LoFi streaming sample from our percussion arrangement of the third movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor - K478 . The rest of the Sonata and the full HiFi version are available for you to purchase and download as MP3 files for your unrestricted personal use at the Mozart page - if you are interested in any commercial applications please contact our webmaster.

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MP3 Downloads Analysis brings Twitter surprise

Following up on yesterday's blog - I have done a little anaysis on the MP3 downloads  to date in May.

As expected Beethoven comes out head and shoulders above every one else at around 50K full and partial downloads - i.e over 25% of the total.

Mozart comes in a strong second at 23K and is followed by Bach at nearly 7K. Debussy just about managed 1K and every other composer was less than that.

Amongst the Ragtime Composers Scott Joplin did best at 852 but was beaten by the gamelan rag collection at just over 1K.

Selections generally did very poorly with the exception of the Marimba selection which came in at 331 MP3 downloads.

But the surprise result from this exercise was the observation that the pieces featured on our 16 daily tweets did much better than their fellows whethe they were classical or not. Roughly roughly it looks as if each tweeted MP3 is downloaded about 25 time so that is a lotal of 400 per day or 10K per month or 5% of the total. This is a very different picture …

Bach's back

Bach is now more fully represented in the dialy Twitter campaign and there are some indications that his posion has been strengthened.

The volume of impressions on Beethoven keywords means that he is still very dominant and some of the Bach activity is much more variable from day to day both interms of impressions and click through rates.

Twitter have been messing about with the way pictures are treated and that has caused some rework on the saved tweets but it is more or less sorted now.

This activity has increased the number of saved tweets somewhat so the repetitions are less frequent.

Thanks Google

Just the occasional update here these days.

It looks like we were one of the winners in the latest refinement to the Google search results algorithm and our average position went up a percent.

We now get about 60 % of our traffic from phones so it was worth all that effort of setting up mobile optimized pages.

Our bounce rate is down substantially from historical levels although it is still higher than one would like.

Our click through rates varies enormously depending on the search term used as well as our position on the results page so it is all rather really tricky to interpret.

However it does seem clear that most searchers only find out about our interpretation of the piece once they get to our site.

We are still big in India and Indonesia, home of the gamalan and Beethoven outperforms everything else.

Working on some new recordings when time permits so there will be some updates latter this year.