How do you listen to music?

People like listening to music in different ways. Some people prefer watching it performed live, some people prefer listening to the same music on high-end speakers and music systems. Which one is better? Which one works more?

It depends on your personal requirements, actually. Some people think that music is all about the feelings and the collective experience of the sound. These are the people who prefer going to concerts and think that live music is the true way in which music is enjoyed.

Live music vs recorded music

On the other hand, there are some people who believe that the true meaning and spirit of music is in the musician’s mind. These are the people who believe that they need surround sound and good quality music systems are essential for the correct musical experience, for these music systems will enable us to hear sound the same way the artist intended us to.

So, which camp is right? In a way, neither and both. Music is something highly personal- so the way you enjoy listening to music will be determined by personal choice and preferences. Personally, I prefer live music when I’m in a particular state of mind, and for very specific brands, but I will most certainly not say no to a Bose sound system!

Why every era of music is actually golden

Depending on how old you are, you might have heard people say “that was the best era for music” or you have said it yourself. A lot of people think that music is progressively getting worse from *whatever era they favour the most”. After all, you just have to listen to the radio to see how bad music has gotten, right?

There are many reasons why people would think this. After all, people would respond to the kind of music they listened to when they are younger, for their thoughts and preferences are still being formed. This creates an artificial bias for music people were listening to when they were growing up.

Music Trends

But, hey, there is no denying that the songs from the 60s and 70s were much better, right? Well, that is the point. Only the best songs from all these eras have survived the test of time. There are songs that are considered to be the “best” today, and a lot of them were not popular back in the day.

There is no reason for you to feel bad about the kind of music we are getting nowadays, after all. You just have access to the incredibly bad music along with the good, but in a few year, the automatic filter will kick in and only the best music will remain.

An Ode to iPod Classic

I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Apple ever since I bought my first laptop. They have their own drawbacks and benefits, but there has been one Apple product that stands out among all the rest. No, I’m not talking about any version of the iPhone. I’m talking about the iPod classic.

iPod classic was certainly one of the best products Apple has ever designed. The design might be a little clunky for people who are used to slimmer models of iTouch, but it is still rather compact, especially since it could store up to 160GB of music. The iPod Classic was a dedicated device that was intended for people who have a huge collection of music, and want to carry their entire collection in their pocket.

An ode to iPod Classic

The iPod classic did not support any other apps, or come with a touch screen, but it had it’s own charm. The music quality was amazing, and it came in 32GB, 64GB and 120GB models. One could even choose to store movies on this device!

My iPod classic has seen a lot of wear and tear, but it’s because I do not step out of my house without it. I’m still rather upset with Apple’s decision to discontinue the product. Guess I’ll just have to take better care of my iPod classic- there will be no replacing it, after all.

8tracks vs Spotify

I was introduced to 8tracks back in 2013 and I’ve been using it since then. I was rather satisfied with the way music was presented on the website and I never really found a reason to go exploring for other sites like 8tracks. A close friend of mine compelled me to try Spotify¬†for the first time. I was actually quite sure I would not like Spotify more than 8tracks, but after using the former for about a week, I feel like my opinions have changed.

Spotify vs 8tracks

The principle behind both the websites are similar. It’s an online radio/streaming service. There are pre-created playlists that are divided on the basis of genres, moods, events, etc.¬†There are some areas in which Spotify certainly excels over 8tracks, though. Spotify allows you to jump between a playlist, to skip songs you don’t want to listen to, or get to another song first. 8tracks however, plays songs in a particular order, and you don’t have a way of knowing all the songs that are on a particular playlist till you have listened to all of them. You can only use the skip button a limited number of times during an hour, which is rather limiting too.

So, if you are looking for an online radio that is user-friendly, and has an appealing interface, Spotify is certainly the winner- and I have no qualms admitting that.