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What Do You Listen To While Coding?

So, one of the topics that came to me the other day was how listening to music affects your performance.  I don't know the exact science but I will say that when I workout, the music I listen to definitely helps me get through some tough exercises, especially during circuit workouts and running.  And you usually see several people wearing their headphones or ear buds while working out.

But, how many of you listen to music while coding?  Well, for me I do on occasion, and it really depends on what mood I'm in.  Usually though, when I feel the need to get in a deep focus I do listen to music.  And usually I'll listen to classical music while coding.  It's been a habit of mine since college to listen to classical music while studying or coding.  And if you want some suggestions on some classical music that I really like, check out the songs by Jennifer Thomas.  She has several songs on iTunes such as Etude for the Dreamer, After the Storm, New Life, and many more.

I do feel like I'm more productive coding when listening to music.  But then I start to question, is it the music itself that's helping me, or the blocking out of all the noise around me?  I think it's a combination of both!  ( especially at the gym when you're blocking out others grunting :)! )

So, what about you?  Do you listen to music while you're programming, coding, developing?  If so, what kind of music do you listen to?

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