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October 23rd marked the 10th anniversary of the iPod. As a form of observance, the New York Times published a brief Q&A with Daniel Levitin, the author of a book I have read and enjoyed, 'This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession.' The entirety of this interview can be found here.

Two asked-and-answered questions didn't drain through my colander:

Q. iPods change the way we “share” music. For one thing, we don’t listen together. So?

A. Music listening used to be an activity that we did with great ceremony. We’d invite friends over and sit down, pass the album cover around, study the artwork. And when the record started, we’d listen intently together and do nothing else. In short: music listening was deeply social. The iPod has turned music listening into a mostly solitary experience.

October 23rd marked the 10th anniversary of the iPod. As a form of observance, the New York Times published a brief Q&A with Daniel Levitin, the author of a book I have read and enjoyed, 'This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession.' The entirety of this interview can be found here.

Two asked-and-answered questions didn't drain through my colander:

Q. iPods change the way we “share” music. For one thing, we don’t listen together. So?

A. Music listening used to be an activity that we did with great ceremony. We’d invite friends over and sit down, pass the album cover around, study the artwork. And when the record started, we’d listen intently together and do nothing else. In short: music listening was deeply social. The iPod has turned music listening into a mostly solitary experience.

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