Odds & Sods

The new mix tape

The introduction of the Sony Walkman certainly changed the way a lot of people listened to music but didn’t necessarily change what they listened to. In All Shook Up: Our listening habits are being revolutionized by the iPod shuffle author Joseph P. Khan makes the argument that the absolute convenience of ripping and loading songs on the iPod and its ilk is fundamentally changing the way we listen to music since it allows us to manage our music in a freeform and almost organic way, seamlessly going from hip hop to jazz to rock and roll with no repeats for literally days. Of course, you still have to buy the music to load onto your iPod (right?) but still there is no doubt that there is a revolution is listener habits precipitated by a tiny MP3 players that most thought Apple mad for producing. Who’s laughing now?