Playing music at work

Sometimes something as simple as playing music at work isn’t as simple as it sounds.

There are a few ways to do this, but each of them have their own problems:

  • MP3 player
  • Playing from a computer
  • Internet radio
  • Easylistener

MP3 player

Almost everyone has an MP3 player nowadays. It doesn’t matter if it’s an iPod, a Zune or a lesser known product. Even the size doesn’t matter. This is probably one of the best ways to play your music. You can have the tracks you want (provided you’ve uploaded them to your device) and you can play them without any restrictions.
The only downside is that you need to remember to charge the device so it lasts your full day.

Playing from a computer

If you have your music on a portable hard disk or on your work computer, you can listen to them without any problems. Most PCs have a media player on them. And no battery issues to worry about. Just plug in a set of headphones and you’re done. Not quite… Most employers don’t want your MP3s on their equipment, this due to legal matters.

Internet radio

Internet radio is a good option too. The music is streamed over the internet, so no files are stored on the employer’s machines. Again you have no issues with batteries going empty. A problem that can occur however, is that the company’s firewall blocks the port on which the music is streamed, since most music isn’t send over port 80.

Easylistener

Use Yahoo!’s Easylistener. When you have a bit of online storage (which most people with an ISP subscription have) you can put your MP3 files online and put the easylistener there too. It is Flash, so it plays in your browser, no need for extra software, no files are stored locally. And no ports that might be blocked on the company’s firewall.

One Response to “Playing music at work”.

  1. Nice overview of options.
    I think in my case I’ll choose for the mp3 player.

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