Music is essential in my book. However, the way I listen to music has changed quite a bit over the years. When I was a little girl I had a little portable record player. Then we moved to cassette tapes along with records – that’s when I got my first stereo and I thought I was so grown up (I think I was about 10). That was still with the analog dial for the radio even, you know you had to turn the dial and kind of hope you could land on the right area of the dial. Then in I remember moving into the boom box era which meant we could finally take our music with us and listen anywhere. Unfortunately they also took 126 D cell batteries (or so it seemed) and did not have the best sound. Still, we were happy to be portable. The Walkman came around here also to listen to your music by yourself. CD’s came then and “shelf systems” which were digital and not as big as the old stereo systems. My first MP3 player was an RCA Lyra which was expensive and slow and held a fairly minimal number of songs – I think it only had 32MB of storage even. Still, it was the latest way to listen anywhere!

Listen anywhere to your music

These days I use Xbox Music on my computers, tablets, and Windows Phone to stream music in their collection and my own. I have other music directly on my computer for my android devices also. I have several hundred CDs sitting in a box collecting dust now – they have all been ripped (uploaded) to my devices to listen to. To listen anywhere I use earbuds and Bluetooth speakers primarily now. The earbuds are for when I want to tune out everyone else. Usually though I prefer using external Bluetooth speakers which lets everyone in the room listen. My latest is the JBL Flip (which I’m listening to right now and Johnny Cash’s I Walk the Line is playing). I have a few other brands of these types of speakers also. Hubby has one of them at work, another is in my office, another we move around the house and take out on the patio too. What I love is that they are fairly small – most are about 6” long or so – and they connect wirelessly with Bluetooth – and they have great sound – and I can listen anywhere! When we go to the lake house we always take a speaker with us and we can listen anywhere in the house, out on the deck, or even on the lake when we are in the boat!

Now a warning though, those small external speakers you see for $10-$20 are junk – don’t even bother with those. You really want to spend the extra money to get a decent one because the sound quality really will be much different. This is where Best Buy comes in. Go into the store and listen and you will understand what I am saying. Right now is the Audio Fest at Best Buy through April 4 and they have some special deals happening on lots of items to help you listen anywhere. Best Buy has home theater solutions (this is next on my list – we need a new surround sound set up), car audio, portable speakers, headphones, you name it! By the way if your car is a bit older and does not have integration for your smartphone to play music through it you can even get after-market kits to make this happen and Best Buy does installation too.


Week of March 9 Best Buy Audio Fest Deals

  • 2x points on Sonos Home Theater
  • All AVRs on Sale
  • All iPod touch on sale
  • Save $80 on Samsung Blu-ray/Soundbar Bundle

Week of March 16 Best Buy Audio Fest Deals

  • 2x points on all speakers
  • BDi Furniture (3/7 – 3/23) Save $200 on any Home Theater Cabinet
  • All-on-sale Car Audio Speakers + 50% off speaker installation
  • $50 Savings on Sony MDR10 Headphones

Week of March 23 Best Buy Audio Fest Deals

  • Save 25% on all Sennheiser HD 500 Series Headphones
  • All Logitech Computer Headsets on Sale
  • Save $50 – $150 on Select Energy audio products (3/9-4/5)

Week of March 30 Best Buy Audio Fest Deals

  • All Insignia Computer Speakers on Sale
  • Save $100-$200 on select Definitive Technology Floor Speakers (3/23-4/5)
  • Save $50 – $150 on Select Energy audio products (3/9-4/5)
  • Save $150 – $300 on Select Jamo Speakers

Make sure to check out the JBL Flip Portable Speaker while you are there too. The sound is very crisp and clear, even when you have it turned all the way up, and at $99 it is really affordable. Oh and as a bonus it has a speaker-phone built in so you can listen to your music from your smartphone but it will stop music and take a call when it comes in too. Cool!

What is your favorite way to listen anywhere to your favorite music? Do you have an audio item on your wish list?