For me, music is something to be enjoyed at the right time in the right place.

For lots of other people, music is something to vomit out in public places so that everyone in the immediate area is forced to indulge in your poor taste.

There’s nothing impressive about lining your car with enough sound to contact the ancestors and then driving around the city like an ambulance sponsored by Lil Wayne. If you’re someone who announces their arrival about 7 kilometres before you arrive, then you’re a tosser. I have to wonder what kind of joy this music brings you when you can physically feel your eardrums eroding with every beat of every shit song.

But it’s the public aspect that’s more disturbing than the loudness. This is proved by how annoying people are who walk around with their cell phones blaring as though the music were providing guidance on where next to walk. Again, it’s really not obvious to me how much someone could enjoy music coming from a Nokia C3-00 at full volume. It’s kind of like preferring to watch a movie on an economy-class long-haul flight to watching on the big screen.

In summary: I think both groups can benefit from some earphones.