Posted by Chris
The new stats system is live! You can see the reports by clicking the "new stats system" link in your site traffic tab. The change has resulted in a lot of questions, and I hope to respond to many here. If you have more questions or concerns, please contact me via the HELP tab; I can address your concerns faster one-to-one rather than in the forum.
A lot! First, the new system uses Google's servers to track your stats. They have thousands of servers that analyze your traffic and filter out non-human visitors. This results in very accurate reports, which has been a huge problem for us in the past. We're happy to say that it is completely resolved with this update!
Next, we added a lot more detail to the reports. The "map" link lets you show music plays and downloads on a Google map, so you can see where people are digging your tunes. There are new graphs showing partial plays, skips, and downloads. These let you see what tracks are really popular, not just what was at the front of your playlist. If you click a track, you can drill down for even more detail. Also, instead of just showing monthly reports, you now have the flexibility to choose any date range you like.
Finally, everything is a whole lot faster. Reports, even in really popular sites, load in a second or two. And, once we turn off the old stats system in May, your site will load faster. Google's servers are much quicker than ours in logging data, making each page load faster than before.
Great but… where is the visit log?
This was one feature that we could not port over. However, in the old system, many of these "visitors" were actually automated software. The old system couldn't filter these out as accurately as Google can. We had to decide between accuracy, speed, and more powerful reporting tools -- or inaccurate results, slow reports, but retaining the visit log. We decided that accuracy is the most important thing, and that even though we will be losing that feature, we can make it up by adding more detail like mapping downloads, showing skips and partial plays, and tons more.
If you want even detail, you can visit http://www.google.co m/analytics. That site has industrial level reporting, including the most popular paths through your site, exit pages, and more. For stats junkies, you will find amazing detail on this site that I believe will more than replace the visit log. With the code embedded in your pages, you can see the summaries in the control panel or visit the Google Analytics site for the whole shebang.
Again, we appreciate your feedback, please contact us in the HELP tab if you have any questions!