This is not the first time I have done this, but this attempt was certainly more demanding.
In July I listened to every song in my iTunes library at work. Back then the challenge was 3873 songs and seemed like such an easy task compared to the 9000 that were laid before me now.
In August the hard drive to my Mac Mini, which I listen to music on at work, crashed. In doing so it took all of the previously stored play counts with it. I took this as an opportunity to bring in my collection of music from home and do some necessary pruning, updating of tags and adding album art.
I am not sure how many songs I brought in with me back in August, but I figure for every two albums I removed I added another in the last seven months. iTunes was kind of like a revolving door and as it stands now the song count is 8997.
Unlike my Playcount Zero challenge in July I did not end on a meaningful or important song, I was simply trying to get through it. There are some songs that really need a mood to listen to. And the full discography of bands I have (The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who) are great and each album offers something different, but it can be so tedious at times.
Now that my library has all been played at least once, I will take this time to enjoy the liberty of my playlist and listen to songs without feeling the guilt of neglecting other un-played songs.