I have a question for regular users of I-pods and the like (portable music). I would be most interested in your responces.
A few years back I wanted a Walkman to hear music on the move - I duly got one for my birthday - was well chuffed. I had seen alot of people out with them and though I would join in the fun...
Did not go well!
To sum up, whilst the music was playing I found that not only was I not enjoying my favourite songs due to sounds of passing cars and the like spoiling the carefully created mood the musicians were striving to convey but I also found that I could also not hear the ambient sounds clearly enough to make them out - i.e. was that someone calling me or someone following behind with an unpleasant intent. I found that my favourite music was bringing me no pleasure as I was trying to 'listen past it' to the sounds of the real world.
I see so many people out with ear buds in-situ, music playing and seemingly enjoying it - there must be something I am not doing right...
So at this juncture I have made the following conclusions (probably wrong)-
1. Users of portable entertainment prefer poorly conveyed music to 'real world' sounds.
2. Users of portable entertainment are not listening to music with the intent of hearing the finer points and subtleties of each track.
3. Users of portable entertainment are less interested in the real sounds around them.
I am a great fan of all types of music - I try to get at least 1 hour a day of quality listening time, but music on the move - I just cannot make it work.
Lets have your opinion - help me out with this one.
Cheers - Ian, Uk