Many iPhone users that play music in their car via the USB cable experience a common problem: as soon as the device is connected, it starts playing the exact same song automatically — whichever is alphabetically first in the music library. A new solution has emerged, however, in the form of a “song” that runs for 10 minutes with nothing but silence. And it appears to be music to iPhone owners’ ears, as the track is racing up the iTunes charts.
Created by Samir Mezrahi, the song is called “A a a a a Very Good Song,” a name which guarantees it will be listed alphabetically first and in turn always get played when an iPhone is connected to a car’s stereo. The 10-minute length gives users plenty of time to select the music they actually want to hear.
The song is available for $0.99 on iTunes, and what’s really interesting is how much of a hit it’s become. Mezrahi listed the song on Wednesday, August 9th, and as of this weekend it’s already broken the top 50 on iTunes’ Top Songs chart, putting it above a number of popular, big-name artists, including Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars, and Justin Timberlake.
Of course, users could always make their own hack by creating their own silent track, adding it to iTunes, and putting in on their iPhone, but for those who don’t know how to do that, or just want a near-instant solution, a buck is a small price to pay. Of course, Apple Music subscribers have it the easiest, as they can just add the song to their library for free. Now the only question is what Apple will do first in response: pull the track, or add something similar to iOS as a “feature.”