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May 16, 2006

Slate's textcasts: Can you listen to music at the same time?

Stephen Baker

It looks like Slate is preparing to offer textcasts of its written content. I wouldn't mind having something to read on the iPod. But the problem is this: The text is attached to a 15-minute blank audio file. That indicates that textcast readers won't be able to read and listen to music at the same time. If that's the case, I'd just as soon flip the iPod from text to music and open a magazine or a book.

09:21 AM

digital media, mobile

Apparently, you are one of the few people who would be bothered by the inability to read and listen to music at the same time. After someone saw me doing this, and was shocked, I've taken an informal poll. So far I've only found myself, my son, and two other people that are capable of performing these two tasks at the same time.

Posted by: Pam at June 2, 2006 02:17 AM

do you know any problems about listen to music and reading at the same time?

Posted by: anthony at November 1, 2006 09:13 PM

I do it all the time. I've been told that I won't "get" everything out of the literature I'm reading if I'm also listening to music, but I have absolutely no problem. It baffles my husband, and others, apparently. What's wrong with people that they can't do both? I was taught in school that one should be able to study and retain information for tests/quizzes just as much in a large, crowded noisy room as they can in a quiet library. I guess I trained myself to do that.

Posted by: SC at December 27, 2006 05:22 PM


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