We collected some statistics from last year’s usage of Freesound that we would like to share with you. We’re sure you’ll find this insanely interesting 🙂 Let’s start with the most obvious one: the number of new sounds uploaded during 2016…
35,625 new sounds!
which corresponds to…
588 hours of audio!
Impressive isn’t it? This was achieved at a rate of approximately 100 sounds uploaded every day. As shown in the plot below, most of the sounds uploaded during 2016 were released under the Creative Commons 0 and Creative Commons Attribution, licenses:
All in all, the number of sounds hosted in Freesound is growing at a rate higher than linear, which means that it will take less time to grow from 300k to 400k than it took from 200k to 300k sounds. This is shown in the figure below, which plots the evolution of the total number of sounds since the starting days of Freesound:
In total Freesound now hosts more than 327k sounds, corresponding to more than 4400 hours of audio content. Can you guess when we’ll reach 400k? 🙂 But what about the kinds of sounds which are being uploaded? Well, this is somewhat difficult to answer, but to have an idea you can look at the tagcloud below, built using only sounds from 2016:
- NOTE: To avoid bias in the tagcloud, we have removed tags from a significant number of sounds that were uploaded by us (the Music Technology Group) as part of our Good-sounds project (a ~5000k single note sound collection).
The most used tag is field-recording, which means that the most common type of uploaded sounds are probably field-recordings, did you expect that? We can see anyway that other tags like loop, voice and effect are also pretty much used, which shows how heterogeneous is the content uploaded to Freesound. Did you ever tried playing with the random sound browsing mode? Give it a try, it’s a good fun 😉
This is the ranking of top sound uploaders for 2016:
- NOTE: Similarly as above, we removed our Music Technology Group user from this list which would obviously take the first position with the ~5000k single-note sound collection.
Thank you to all of the above uploaders, and also to everyone else who uploaded a sound in 2016 who doesn’t appear on the list.
And now what about some numbers about the consumption of Freesound content? Let’s continue with another obvious statistic: the number of sound downloads (including packs) during 2016…
Yes, 16 million downloads in a single year! At a rate of 50k downloads per day, Freesound has accumulated a total of 94M downloads since launch(!). In fact, as the figure below shows, the number of sound downloads is growing every year:
These downloads happen after users find relevant sounds when they’re searching. So the next obvious question is: what are people searching for? Again this might be hard to answer, but below you can see a “termcloud” of the most common search terms of 2016:
So yeah, wind, explosion, etc… By the way, this happens at a rate of 150k queries every day! If you want to maximise the number of downloads of your sounds, you now know what you have to do 😉
You’ll also like to know that during this year 2016 you’ve exchanged more than 25k messages, added 120k sound ratings, written 2500 forum posts and more than 44k sound comments! All in all this shows how active and vibrant the Freesound community is. We would sincerely want to thank everyone that participates in the community by rating and commenting sounds, writing in the forums and also searching and downloading content. Let us also take this opportunity to very specially thank all Freesound uploaders, more than 16k users have contributed at least one sound, and the Freesound moderators team, who do an incredible job on their free time to make Freesound possible and have indeed listened to all of it 🙂
So that’s it, keep on Freesounding and make these stats even more awesome next year!
frederic (on behalf of the Freesound team)