How Do You Listen to Music?

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Once again, it’s been tough to get posts up as often as I like. But, I’m not going to beat myself up too badly. After all, this is for fun and learning, right?

As I sit here typing this, I’m bumping to some great dance anthems of the past two decades. I generally listen to all types of music but these are the tunes of the hour. Personally, I’ve changed my sources of music often over the past few years. It’s really amazing how quickly the music industry has revolutionized. Currently, I’m a big Spotify fan. I have been using their free service now for about 2 years. I have used the premium service for about 6 of those months. Overall, I find it to be great resource for discovering new songs and streaming them from my phone.

But not too long ago, I was a big iTunes fan. I used to spend a fair chunk of change by downloading the latest singles for $0.99 when they were that “cheap.” Though I probably shouldn’t admit it publicly, I have done my fair share of downloads via networks like Limewire and Napster too, though that was at least 10 years ago. Prior to that, CD’s ruled the world for most folks. I still remember my first two CD’s were by Will Smith and Barenaked Ladies. SMH.

Anyhow, my big question is: how do you listen to music? Do you still burn your own CD’s? Do you use radio services like XM? Do you stream via Pandora or SoundCloud? Maybe you like iTunes. Whatever it is, I would love to know! I’m curious how the financially savvy choose to spend or not spend money on music. Right now, like I mentioned earlier, I’m using Spotify’s free service (which includes advertisements) to hear my favorite tracks.

What’s your favorite way to bump your favorite tunes? How much money are you willing to spend on music in a year?


  1. says

    My boyfriend is a musician. I too love to sing. Sometimes it feels like I have so much music in my life that I don’t have room to find new tunes! What I’ve found working for me is actually Shazam. When I’m out and I like a song, I find myself Shazaming it to get the title and musician’s name. I keep meaning to download the tunes off my Shazam list so I have a new playlist to listen to, but it’s growing bigger and bigger and I’m not finding the time to actually make the playlist. But I will! My sister loves getting playlists from me, so that’s my motivating factor to get it done.

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