I love going to one of my used CD stores - they are always playing good tunes that sound pretty damn good through whatever system they are using. I hate all the TVs everywhere.
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The worse case I've encountered recently is music in the parking lot of a grocery store in an upscale part of town. This is super annoying. Open your car door to be assaulted by Hotel California. What makes the store's decision makers think this noise is preferrable to silence or even the normal sounds of the parking lot. This really bothered me and I'm a true type B personality.
My personal favorite- 'friendly jazz.'
I live in Vancouver B.C., Canada, and there's a newer local 'jazz' station that EVERY PUBLIC OFFICE seems to be tuned in to. God awful stuff. (O.K. -I've exagerated -one acceptable song in twenty.)
Obviously cheap rip-offs of porno music. The type only found stashed in your proverbial Uncle Larry's basement. Look closely- it's the tapes in the musky, damp cardboard box, slowly decaying in the corner, 'classics' from the seventies.
I often come across this offense in what must be maintained as most unoffensive of public places - the dentist, knee doctor, my kids school office. Slowly, I think to myself..."Hmnnn, I wonder were the fur slipper cladden, generously older lady is? Is she steaming her dragon embossed red silk robe, or mixing a martini? I soon realize that she surely can not be mixing herself a martini, she's greedily clinging on to her stiletto tiped cigarette..."
Oh well- I hear in Asia they use scents, as well.
Lucky for me my job does not allow any personal music at all to be broadcast into the public/staff areas. Earphones only, and no leakage allowed!
Worst place is Best Buy. Really LOUD, with REALLY LOUD THUMPING from the car stereo area in addition to the regular LOUD music noise from the boombox area, plus the overhead storewide musak. Then on top of that, blairing personal messages: "Carter.. call on 3772.. "
I wear earplugs whenever I go in to Best Buy.
And I have friends who will NOT go there, ever, just because of the hellacious racket going on in the Best Buy stores.