What I've noticed is that the number of Christmas songs being recorded is relatively finite.
This means there are eight versions of “White Christmas” in my mix, ranging from the George Shearing Quintet to Cee Lo Green. Even with a vigorous shuffle, there's a good chance you will get She & Him's “Christmas Waltz” next to Connick's version, then another and another.
Spotify and its competitors such as Mog, Rdio and Rhapsody have created a great environment for discovering new music and a great way of accessing music with limited everyday or year-round appeal.
But once you hit this kind of repetition, the “more of everything” appeal of these services can point out the value of judicious editing.
So now I'm starting to pare down my playlist, checking it twice. Having everything available is wonderful, but 13 hours is unnecessary.
So as I stare down my Spotify playlist, I'm thinking that Dean Martin should be part of every collection.
But that reverse-engineered duet with Scarlett Johansson on “I'll Be Home For Christmas” belongs on the Island of Misfit Toys.