How To Recreate A Top iTunes Song In 60 Seconds (For Free)
From AP News today:
An unusual tune has found its way onto the top 50 on the iTunes charts, alongside Ed Sheeran and Keith Urban hits. The song is completely silent. “A a a a a Very Good Song” costs 99 cents for just under 10 minutes of dead air.
Because I did this same thing in early 2007, I know that it's a waste of $1 to buy a 'song' of pure silence. It doesn't take much time or effort to create such a track.
Here's the entire do-it-yourself process:
- Download the free audio software Audacity and install it. You can choose other software; I just know Audacity is a quick and simple option.
- Open Audacity and check out the menu. Click "Generate" to see options drop down, and choose "Silence." (Screenshot shown above for clarity.)
- Choose how many minutes and seconds of silence you want. Then click "ok."
- Export the file in WAV, MP3, or any other format you want. (Windows users can press CTRL+SHIFT+E to export the file.)
- Load the track into your iTunes library. (I find that drag-and-drop is easiest.)
Congratulations! You're done. You saved a dollar and didn't have to navigate the iTunes store.
Addendum: Some people have pointed out that "silence as a composition" has been done many times. John Cage's 4'33" may be the most popular example.