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?