Spotify and the Luxury of Choice

“Transportation and vehicle concept – man using car audio stereo system.” (this is the real caption)

Music Choice in the Car

I’m headed to my car with hands full, backpack on, and on my way to work. The ride is a jalopy 1997 Audi A4 with a custom primer black paint job that’s almost faded to the purple that hides beneath the terrible spray job. After setting my personal affixes in their special spots and turn the engine over, my next move in sequence is to open the Spotify app on my phone and choose the tunes or podcast for the commute. I’m lucky enough to have an aftermarket stereo that can connect to my phone, otherwise I’d be plugging in some headphones before first gear. 

  I haven’t been without some sort of media control in a vehicle since February when I drove my (now) car from California to Utah. The ability to curate what I’m hearing during my commute, or when my family and I are road tripping home to Vegas or California has made my driving experience so much better. 

I haven’t listened to the radio lately, and there’s a reason for that. I think a lot of people feel the same about the content on the radio and that’s why Pandora, Soundcloud, and Spotify are so popular. If I had to live without Spotify, I’d probably find another media app and be okay. What would be difficult to live without is the power of choice.

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