In Love with My iPod

I’m having a love affair with music.

I run with it. I work with it. I drive with it. I sleep with it. I’m sure lots of people are tuned into their iPod throughout the day, but I’m new to the iPod world, having just bought one a little over a month ago. Now, I don’t know how I managed without one. For so long, I resisted buying an iPod, just as I resisted buying a North Face fleece in college. Almost everyone on campus had one of these overly expensive, wannabe jackets, and I didn’t want what everyone had. iPods, though, are different; I can understand the appeal in them.

I especially like running with my iPod because it distracts me from thinking about fatigue or heat. Running with a partner has always helped me run harder and faster, but an iPod fills this void when running partners aren’t an option. Lately while running, I’ve been listening to Coldplay’s “Life in Technicolor” (great, upbeat instrumental); “Lost” (nice beat) and “Lovers in Japan” (good lyrics): “Lovers, keep on the road you’re on/ runners until the race is run/ soldiers, you’ve got to soldier on/Sometimes even right is wrong. …

At night, if I’m hanging out, I usually put my iPod on shuffle. When I go to bed, Sarah McLachlan and Norah Jones put me to sleep. I’m a little reluctant to listen to my iPod at work, and only do so if I really need help focusing. And I won’t listen to my iPod while casually walking around. For as much as I love music and being tuned into my iPod, I don’t want to seem tuned out to the rest of the world.

Weigh in: When is it/isn’t it appropriate to listen to your iPod at work?

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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