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date: 26 May 2020

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This chapter examines the mediating and privatizing impulse of iPod usage. It describes how the iPod has enabled users to transform their experience of place, space, and time and how this technologically mediated experience has increasingly become the “norm.” It explains that the iPod has rapidly transformed what it means to live in the city for many users and has re-organized their sensory orientation to the urban. This article also provides examples of some of the possible ways in which the proximity of mobile music works within the use of technologies such as the iPod and argues that even in their privatizing potential, these technologies are deeply social and reflect both the cultural predisposition of users and the cultural values embodied in the technologies themselves.

Keywords: iPod, privatizing impulse, user experience, sensory orientation, mobile music, cultural predisposition, cultural values

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