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Once on a flight from Detroit to Salt Lake City, I daringly suggested to the woman next to me that we swap iPods. We’d begun to chat and were both eager to discover some new music. For the next few hours, we listened to and discussed each other’s favorites. I was elated to hear Bulgarian choirs and Czech bluegrass. Instantly, my world and its possibilities seemed to expand.

We tend to hole up in musical niches. We listen to what we like, and in a digital world, algorithms identify our listening preferences and stream us more of the same. Some families even ordain a single radio station or type of music (for example, hymns, classical, pop) as the sole acceptable option for the home or car.

Read the full article at BYU Magazine.

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