Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Listening to Music While you Work

Stephanie

I used to work in a cubicle. Technically, it wasn’t even a cubicle as it was triangular in shape- allowing for for even less privacy amongst your co-workers. There were about 900 people who worked there and we were all on one floor – basically a large warehouse turned call center.

I was in charge of writing and developing training material for our team and I found it somewhat challenging be creative with the constant murmur of what felt like a million voices clawing at my brain. With 80’s era computers that got angry when you turned them on for the day,  listening to CD’s proved too much for the Windows 95 based system and so I silently wept until I finally got an iPod which went a long way towards helping me keep my sanity.

For 9 hours a day I’d listen to my music and was able to tune out the world around me. But as I could only spend so much on new CD’s I eventually grew tired of listening to the same things. But then Pandora came along and by then they had updated our computers. Yaay! New music!

I left that job in October of 2008 to lead a full-time creative life of writing, art making and teaching and have since purchased an iPhone. When I first got it I would listen to music on radio-style apps such as Tune-In and Soma FM but not Pandora so much anymore because the ads started to drive me crazy and I wanted to listen to what I wanted to listen to.

Then I discovered Spotify, an app where I could listen to pretty much what I want, when I want, and even download the music for offline listening. The app can be integrated with Facebook which allows you to share what you are listening to or to discover new music from your friends. I absolutely love it. I pay for the premium account which = no ads, unlimited listening and being able to listen anywhere on my iPhone.

Are you listening to internet music at work and could you survive without it? Which are your favorite applications? And how do you discover new music?


8 thoughts on “Listening to Music While you Work

  1. Well since I work in corporate America, our intranet site blocks most of the streaming sites; I can however listen to a couple of pen podcasts and a few NPR talk radio shows, so that’s geenrally what I listen to. My mp3 player is loaded with all sorts of music too, so I’m in a good place for the day.

  2. Well since I work in corporate America, our intranet site blocks most of the streaming sites; I can however listen to a couple of pen podcasts and a few NPR talk radio shows, so that’s geenrally what I listen to. My mp3 player is loaded with all sorts of music too, so I’m in a good place for the day.

  3. Can’t do streaming music at work because the government frowns on wasting bandwidth for that kind of thing (and our mickey mouse operation doesn’t have the bandwidth to waste) but oh boy does my iPod get a workout every day. I have THOUSANDS of pieces of music on it so I have something for just about every mood.

    I’ll have to look into Spotify, though, because my carrier will finally be getting the iPhone at the end of the month & I plan to grab one up asap. :D

  4. Can’t do streaming music at work because the government frowns on wasting bandwidth for that kind of thing (and our mickey mouse operation doesn’t have the bandwidth to waste) but oh boy does my iPod get a workout every day. I have THOUSANDS of pieces of music on it so I have something for just about every mood.

    I’ll have to look into Spotify, though, because my carrier will finally be getting the iPhone at the end of the month & I plan to grab one up asap. :D

  5. I’m one of those guys that prefers to work in silence, so no music for me. When I was a college student, I found the corner of the library that was so quiet you could almost hear the other students breathing. The only time I listen to my mp3 player is while I exercise. Otherwise it sits (quietly) in my gym bag.

  6. I’m one of those guys that prefers to work in silence, so no music for me. When I was a college student, I found the corner of the library that was so quiet you could almost hear the other students breathing. The only time I listen to my mp3 player is while I exercise. Otherwise it sits (quietly) in my gym bag.

  7. Excellent post! I love hearing about how other people incorporate music into their work/lives/creative endeavors.

    While I’m writing, I (quite sadly) can’t listen to music. I’m too prone to distraction and accidentally typing words from the lyrics into my sentences. That said, when the work involves administrative (rather than creative or generative) tasks, I love and cherish NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. They’re one of my favorite ways to encounter new music, too. I also have Spotify, which is an excellent way to try out artists I hear other folks talking about. (I am lucky to have a lot of musically knowledgeable friends who recommend artists and tunes.) Many of those recommendations then lead to purchases through iTunes.

    The best relationship I have between music and work, though, comes after the new music ends up on a portable player–while exercising to that music is when I think most about my work/my writing, and that’s where a lot of the kinks get worked out.

  8. Excellent post! I love hearing about how other people incorporate music into their work/lives/creative endeavors.

    While I’m writing, I (quite sadly) can’t listen to music. I’m too prone to distraction and accidentally typing words from the lyrics into my sentences. That said, when the work involves administrative (rather than creative or generative) tasks, I love and cherish NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. They’re one of my favorite ways to encounter new music, too. I also have Spotify, which is an excellent way to try out artists I hear other folks talking about. (I am lucky to have a lot of musically knowledgeable friends who recommend artists and tunes.) Many of those recommendations then lead to purchases through iTunes.

    The best relationship I have between music and work, though, comes after the new music ends up on a portable player–while exercising to that music is when I think most about my work/my writing, and that’s where a lot of the kinks get worked out.

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