Optimal Number of Tracks in a bundle (call it what you like -- Tracks in an "Album")
-- Well if you are Jethro Tull, it's one! Hahhh...
I looked up the "official" (?) definitions and I agree with, 6 as minimum (though not stated, --stated as 8, . I think "length" of song may be a factor, imo.
Another "reason" to ask, consider this is, ~~ listening attention span ~~ .
It's my observation in our new 21st Cent. X-Gen culture of 140 characters or less attention span programming, ~~14+ songs may "keep" folks from listening, or knowing "what" to listen to first. (List, or CD, or USB Stick, -- "album")
My "feeling" is that 4 - 6 Tracks of 3 -4 min max may have a better chance of being listened to (2-3 min, really, -- 2 for a Demo, 3 for Mixed-"finished" track).
I remember vinyl "albums" that were only 15 mins (18mins) max and had 6-7 Tracks. So with track separation that made, e.g. 1 < 2 min, at least, and/or a quick seque last/first Note. I guess track separation length is a consideration too... 2-3sec... of course, not for a Page List, of tracks. (For the wise guys out there )
-- And, vinyl had TWO (2) sides ;), so there's your 25 - 30 min "LP" (Ahhh those were the days, --how many side to a CD? )
I know I want someone who's never heard "me" before --to get through 3 songs (6-8 mins). I think in that time, effort, they "get" you, or not. And of course there is the Context of what 3 songs, genre-skew, --rock, acoustic, non-secular, etc.
I thought, all I'll have is 6 max. But as I sit here I'm already at 14. Eh, -- not gonna do that.
-- So, me, I guess I'll parse'em all; then, try to pick "6"
And, you-all? Thoughts? Ever think on that aspect?