iPod Personality Test

I popped into the office I share with my husband last night, grabbed my iPod and announced I was going to “bless the universe with my music” while I cooked dinner. He smiled at me, followed me to the door and shut it behind me–the office is right next to the kitchen and I guess he felt he didn’t need a blessing.

Actually, he just doesn’t like some of the music I do.

I docked the little machine in the kitchen speaker, hit shuffle and started crooning away while I began my evening shift as short-order cook, because no one in my family can possible ever eat anything someone else is eating (but that’s a blog for another day). The first song was Rickie Lee Jone’s “Magazine.” She was followed by the Clash’s “Overpowered by Funk.” By the time dinner was ready for I’d performed alongside Jimmy Buffett, Jack Johnson, Coldplay, Rosie Vela (am I the only one who remembers her?) and other favorites. It was an almost exhausting concert.

When hubby appeared asking if it was safe to enter the kitchen, I was feeling groovy and happy. I love the “shuffle” concept: no decisions to make and it’s all good. A true stress antidote.

Anyway, it got me thinking . . . has anyone done a psychology test based on the music on a person’s iPod? I haven’t read Cosmo for a couple decades–do they still do tests like that? We all have eclectic tastes–one would think those tastes said something deep and profound about our personalities. Do they say something about the real us? Aside from suggesting I’m at least partially stuck in the 1980’s, if someone found my iPod on a beach and listened to everything on the shuffle setting, what else would that person be able to glean about me? Would he or she be able to pick me out of a crowd?

I’ve a friend who is such a Parrot Head (for those of you not in the know, that’s NOT an insult; it just means she’s a big Jimmy Buffett fan) that I’m sure if someone found her iPod they’d look for some deeply tanned, bleach blond chick in a coconut bra speaking with a long-drawled twang. But no, she’s a tall brunette from Chicago, and she’d have to get seriously drunk before she’d even consider the coconut bra.

I was surprised one day when a rather conservative woman I know confessed her iPod was full of expletive-filled rap music. She claimed it got her fired up when she was working out. I was about to suggest she look up the Violent Femmes, as they always get me going, but there was a glint in her eye that made me retreat. I got the feeling I could be the nudge that sent her over the edge.

Then there’s the 13-year old kid in my neighborhood who likes Frank Sinatra. Whoever would have thunk?

My kids’ iPods definitely reflect each of them. The daughter’s is loaded up with just about everything she heard on Radio Disney and my son has U2, ColdPlay and Linkin Park in all their glory, which seems to match his deep, young and yet powerful mind.

Perhaps our iPods could be the next litmus test for public office. What was it Obama listened to on the campaign trail? I can’t remember. But I think next time I learn about what someone in a position of power listens to on his or her iPod, I’m going to pay better attention. Though I’m not sure if I’ll be able to interpret the results all that well.



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7 responses to “iPod Personality Test

  1. There was something like that a friend of mine did. A little more random. Something like you had to answer 10 questions based on the first 10 songs to come up on shuffle… I have to think about this more as I feel like I’m getting this wrong.

    So, uh, yeah, wasn’t I helpful there?

  2. I’d never thought of it like that – but I bet you’re on to something. Now I’m off to find the iPods around here (including mine!) and conduct a very unscientific, yet illuminating, psychological study. I’m a little nervous about what I might find, and that’s just on mine. . .

  3. Hello Lisa… and thanks for the follow on Twitter (will be following back – when I get back there). Love your blog.. and very apt that I should land when you are posting about music in your iPod as I have just spend the last half hour cooking while listening to Carole King (Tapestry) and Amy Winhouse – which probably means I am very confused!!!

    Anyway pop over to My Kitchen Table (www.barbarascully.blogspot.com) and say hello!!

    And I will be back!

  4. Thanks so much for visiting me on my SITS Day! I am finally getting the chance to meet and greet the fabulous ladies who showed some love for me. Hope to see you at Theta Mom again! 🙂

  5. Hi Lisa! I just found you, hiding with no picture on my blog as a follower! Thanks for that!

    I don’t have an iPod, but I do have a Blackberry. While most people have music on the MP3 part of their Blackberry, I have audio books that I download from my library. Right now I’m working my way through James Patterson’s Alex Cross Mysteries and Lisa Scottoline’s Rosato and Associates Series. If my ex-husband were to die suddenly and mysteriously and the police looked in my Blackberry, I’d definitely become a “person of interest”! LOL

    My taste in music is rather eclectic. I’m a child of the 60s and 70s, so I love the oldies (50s and 60s) and I just can’t make myself admit that music of the 70s is now considered oldies. Another of my favorite genres is Show tunes. I love Broadway musicals and my 2 daughters have and are pursuing degrees in theatre in college (1 is out now with her degree), so I spent a lot of time in the high school and college auditoriums, watching my kids perform. We also try to go to NYC from time to time to see a musical.
    But what I really want to do and I just may do it tonight, is to put all my Enya music on my Blackberry. The best way for me to listen to Enya is to use headphones, loud, with my eyes closed and my head back and no one around and just drift away.

  6. Oh! What I forgot to tell you is my significant other, John says he loves the 70s also….. the 1770s! He’s a Classical music Aficionado! He just loves Beethoven and Bach and Mozart, etc. The man was definitely born 200 years too late!

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