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Q: What is the main way you listen to music?

  • 28%
    Radio

  • 13%
    Purchased downloads

  • 27%
    CD, Cassette or Vinyl

  • 8%
    Online video players (i.e. YouTube)

  • 10%
    Music streaming services (i.e. Spotify)

  • 10%
    File sharing

  • 4%
    Music is for whimps


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ams4127

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I am one of life's unfortunates. I hate music - to me it is just noise.

I wish I was different and able to listen to, and appreciate music but I can't. I have no CDs, MP3s and the music folder on my iPad is virgin. Peace and quiet is all I want and that provides all the satisfaction I need.

My wife, and my kids when they were young, could never understand it.

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Quickbeam

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Are you calling for a muzak option to be added in the poll WTM?

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WhiteTruckMan

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A sigfnificant percentage of my listening seems to be the background stuff in supermarkets, service stations etc. In one ear and out the other, but I suppose it's still listening.

Also, Hifi quality sound is wasted on me because my hearing isnt the best. mp3 at virtually any bitrate is usually good enough for me.

WTM

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Joseph Kerr

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They're a bit like whips but...no I give up. I'm only replying because I'm bitter that I forgto to make exactly that point.

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smartdave

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Music is for Whimps? What are Whimps? Are they anything like Wimps?

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Aitchbee

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This morning I purchased this...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-SHP2500-00-Television-Headphones/dp/B000FTWT00/ref=sr11?ie=UTF8&qid=1323085821&sr=8-1

...down at my local charity shop for £3. It was money well-spent!

I have just had a listen to some 'Beatles' on my portable CD/mp3 player.

The big 'cans' also keep my ears warm, and don't fall out, whilst moving about...out of doors.

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Terry Brown

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Streamed music, which I often record and put on CD for my own use (I prefer old style counry and western) which you cannot get on the normal radio to play when in a car or at work

Terry

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Quickbeam

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"Just because someone uses MP3, or any kind of rip or download doesn't necessarily mean they do not have hifi equipment or that their collection sounds poor, imo."

Only a few years ago I had everything running through a separates system with the oxygen free copper cables and all that I was conditioned into accepting I must have to make it sound perfect. Now it's all ripped to mp3 on my computer and played out to either active speakers or a 30 watt bass amp via the headphone jack, and it sound just the same!

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Joseph Kerr

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I listen to rips and downloads stored on my PC.

Just because someone uses MP3, or any kind of rip or download doesn't necessarily mean they do not have hifi equipment or that their collection sounds poor, imo.

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Noldi

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What is the main way you listen to music? like everbody else with my ears.

The source of the music I listen to is car radio while driving or Radio through my Sky box.

Noldi

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STREETWORK

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I often find myself listening through other people headsets, cos they have them too loud...

But seriously it's on my car CD player or iphone...

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Aitchbee

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...back in the 'olden days' of Rome, Greece and Mesopotamia...Orpheus, the Greek musician and poet,was able to move trees and rocks with his lyre...he was mythical...and very popular at the kareoke.

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Aitchbee

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...spontaneous 'singing' also occurs 'round about this time of year...in Scotland.

Inhibitions are set free, to bring out 'the singers' within families.

It's great!

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Aitchbee

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Karaoke...east of Govan.

I have been to 2 karaokies in the past week, with my girlfriend. The first one was really dreadful.All modern stuff,and the young singers could not sing.

The one last night was a much better affair!

Some class acts!

I had 3 'go's.

The Kinks' - You Really Got Me

Rolf's - Two Little Boys

Roger Miller's - King of The Road

I was lucky, they had a comfy chair on stage...so I could do 'A Ronnie Corbett', as I have got a dodgy knee.

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Forum Editor

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"I wonder if our FE has also done that yet? I bet he has."

Nope. I haven't done that yet. To be honest it hadn't occurred to me. I have several ways to listen to music on the move - the favourite being via my iPad headphones.

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Bingalau

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I have also managed to place a few tunes/songs on my Kindle. Of course you won't get the quality of some other methods of playing them, but they are easily downloaded on to it.

I wonder if our FE has also done that yet? I bet he has.

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shellship

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Radio in the car or at home, Beethoven on my computer as I type.

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interzone55

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JYPX

Last week I sold a Creek amp and Arcam CD player on eBay - paid £40 for the pair on a car boot sale, the stall holder had no idea what they were.

The amp sold for £191 and the CD player sold for £40.

I'd loved to have kept the amp but it was wasted in my pokey sitting room.

You're right though, you really can't beat the sound of clean vinyl played decent hi-fi separates

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wee eddie

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At home: FM Tuner and Mission Speakers, with the Occasional Record (Thorens Deck) or CD. I like the serendipity of Radio.

In the Taxi. Radio 4, 2, Classics FM.

Have an MP3 Player and even an ancient Walkman, but rarely use either. Really because they are anchored in the past.

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rdave13

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Since my old hi-fi system died a long time ago and my cassettes became useless, or is that obsolete, I now use the time I have to my self, usually Friday and Saturday nights, browsing the music sections of You Tube. Sometimes I find a gem (well in my taste) and will post on here. I'll bookmark and will listen for a few weeks then interest dies. I couldn't be bothered to digitalize my collection and became somewhat disillusioned with the music industry and the technology constantly improving making it more expensive to keep music, to the quality I like, for a long time.

Radio is good enough for me now.

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JYPX

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I listen to music on British made hi-fi that I bought 15 years ago for about the same money as a small family car. After about 8 years it started to sound "lived in" and gorgeous. I am sad that hi-fi audio has fallen out of fashion and also puzzled. When I was at school everybody wanted a decent budget hi-fi so that Led Zep would sound something like they did when the record was made. When did that change? I don't accept that it is just about portability.

I don't know one person who is clamouring for lower bitrate television, with inferior picture quality, so what is it about Music? Really great audio in your living room is worth having. It is maybe one of the best stress relievers ever, regardless of your taste in music.

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NewestRoyWidd1

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I have been on quite a few days out by coach this year and wouldn't have been without my Sony Walkman MP3 player.Everything from brass bands and Country music,to all my 60's music,with some Andrea Bocelli for good measure.

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Woolwell

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I don't think that I have a "main" way. Downloads, CD's, radio and live music are all ways that I listen.

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Bingalau

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Aitchbee. If it's any consolation to you I can also remember the words to those three songs and a damn sight more from those days. But ask me about anything from the late sixties up-wards and I don't have a clue. Maybe because I can't understand the words because modern singers don't sing clearly enough.

My preferred way of listening to music these days is via CD's in my car whilst travelling. I have a ten-CD changer and tunes which have been ripped from other CD's to form a variety which suits me.

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rawprawn

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Saved CD's on the hDD in my car.

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simonjary

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Listened to on my iPod classic via headphones, home h-fi and Arcan rCube. Music ripped from CDs and downloaded (mainly from Amazon MP3 and some iTunes).

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Quickbeam

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Radio 75%

CDs10%

Ripped MP3 on phone 15%

...approximately.

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Crosstrainer2

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I now listen in full 7.1 surround sound using my iTunes library which streams to an Apple TV unit connected to my network. At night I listen using headphones on either my iPad, macbook air or macbook pro.

On the go, earbuds on my iPhone.

Occasionally visit youtube for the odd obscure track.

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Aitchbee

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...here are the songs, aforementioned:-

Pickin' A Chicken - Eve Boswell

Freight Train - Chas McDevitt & Nancy Whiskey

Poppa Piccolino - Diana Decker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTtq22vomBM

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Aitchbee

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The lyrics of great popular songs are ingrained in the minds of people of a certain age.

I mentioned three songs,from the fifties,and early sixties, which I played on a jukebox box recently, to my older brother and sister.

They both sang the songs, frighteningly, word for word, and in tune. Scary.

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Forum Editor

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For a long time now my music has all come to me by way of iTunes. It's an excellent example of a company getting an application right. The library is so huge and so comprehensive that I have yet to feel that I've plumbed the depths of my particular things - Mississippi delta blues and slide guitar stuff in general.

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bjh

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Despite loads of music technology around the place, I've never joined the iStuff brigade. Now, I'm just too set in my Apple-free ways. I still use a couple of ancient MP3 players.

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Armchair

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At home:- Music ripped from CDs, played on my PC via WMP. I sometimes listen to Smooth Radio when I'm having a shower.

In the car:- Mostly CDs. Occasionally Smooth Radio.

I have owned a couple of MP3 players. The first one conked out. The second one is an iPod Shuffle, but I haven't found much use for it, and I don't like using iTunes anyway.

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johndrew

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In common with believing that a mobile 'phone is used for 'phone calls when away from a land line handset, then a radio is for listening to music unless a concert is being attended.

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john bunyan

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FM radio; iPod Classic and iPod Touch via speaker dock. Sources: iTunes downloads; ripped CD's and Audiodials 8 (FM radio capture software)

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bjh

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It's a difficult one to answer, as several of the categories overlap... which is probably indicative of the turmoil the music industry finds itself in.

I voted "music streaming services", as I stream my own music collection, and use Spotify, LastFM and Pandora (an advantage of US-based work servers). I probably listen to most of it through an internet radio, either stand-alone, or as part of a hi-fi setup.... so that's radio covered as well. Most of my music exists as physical CDs before I digitise it (or I buy a digital download as well, which I do for about half the CDs I own). Then I buy some digital downloads that aren't easily available in the UK (but admittedly fewer). I don't use video players for music, so that's a "no". Working out which is the main way has given me a headache. Time for some music. Reciva radio on at the moment, listening to ERT Trito at themo.

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anskyber

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iPhone with a mixture of purchased downloads and own CD collection. All of which have replaced my hi fi systems.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Mp3 CD in the car

Make them up from my extensive collection.

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interzone55

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gengiscant

I'd assume they thought MP3 player is covered by "purchased downloads", but there's not a single purchased download on my MP3 player, everything has been ripped from my CDs and vinyl.

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gengiscant

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Why on earth is MP3 player not listed?

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gengiscant

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Ipod Touch.

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Aitchbee

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...forgot to add, the pub jukeboxes have become much more sophisticated.

It's good to hear some of the oldies, thru' a modern jukebox sound system, and sharing the experience with others.

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Aitchbee

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Most of my music collection is in my head...it's for personal use only.

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Pine Man

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Should read BBC Radio 2

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Pine Man

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BBC Radio at home or in the car.

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