The Wisdom Of Crowds

As with many things, our appreciation of a given piece of music is largely influenced by what others think of it, New Scientist reports:

…participants [in the study] who could see how often a song had been downloaded tended to give higher ratings to songs that had been downloaded often, and were more likely to download those songs themselves. That created a snowball effect, catapulting a few songs to the top of the charts and leaving others languishing.

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