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IT's Musical Habits

CmdrTaco posted more than 10 years ago | from the where-is-the-who dept.

Music 676

operand sent in a fun little article about the listening habits of IT. It seems that developers are headbangers, Microsoft certified pros are Britney fans, and management goes for Mozart. Tragically The Who is not included... Linux users tend toward Electronica, and Security goes for The Dead.

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200 students? that's it? (5, Insightful)

bje2 (533276) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748074)

"Shockingly, the results of its poll among 200 students at the Training Company's UK residential courses reveal that developers are malodorous headbangers playing air guitar to Megadeth, Microsoft Certified professionals get their rocks off to Britney while IT directors can be found sipping the finest wines while Mozart tinkles away in the background. No stereotype-fulfilling findings there, then.

Wow, a poll of a whole 200 students...not exactly a big enough sample size for this study to be taken seriously...plus, what do the british know about music anyway...(oh, c'mon)...

Re:200 students? that's it? (5, Funny)

Wun Hung Lo (702718) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748094)

Lots of people get their rocks off to Britney...oh, you meant her music?!?!?!? My bad!

Re:200 students? that's it? (5, Funny)

anthro398 (729495) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748106)

I listen to whatever my DRM encrusted overlords order me to listen to.

Re:200 students? that's it? (1, Informative)

dook43 (660162) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748205)

Elton John, The Beatles, U2, Coldplay, Radiohead.... You're right. What do THEY know about music?!??!?!?

Re:200 students? that's it? (3, Funny)

anothergene (336420) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748316)

I'm sure if you called U2 British to thier face they would have something to say about it.

What.. no Led? (1, Redundant)

i.r.id10t (595143) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748077)

Tend to listen to a lot of Led Zepplin myself, with plenty of the Dead, Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and others thrown into the mix.

Re:What.. no Led? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748134)

Tend to listen to a lot of Led Zepplin myself
Listen to a bit more, and you'll lern how to spell their name.

Re:What.. no Led? (5, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748207)

Oh Lord, won't you buy me, Windows XP.
My friends all use Linux and are trying to convert me.
I wait for registration, each day until three
So oh Lord, won't you buy me, Windows XP.

KFG

hmmm (2, Funny)

corporatewhore (308338) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748078)

where's alvin and the chipmunks ?

Re:hmmm (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748337)

That's Microsoft security.

Poetic... (5, Funny)

oneiron (716313) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748080)

Microsoft certified pros are Britney fans You can't make this stuff up.

Re:Poetic... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748095)

That's because MCSEs are fags. Girly OS == Girly Men.

Re:Poetic... (1)

iamacat (583406) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748099)

They meant Microsoft certified members of the oldest profession. Guys don't listen to Britney.

Re:Poetic... (1)

dosius (230542) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748174)

Oh? I've got a small handful of Britney on my mp3 playlist... (granted, my manhood is in question...)

Moll.

Re:Poetic... (1)

Tassach (137772) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748252)

Guys don't listen to Britney.
No, but we do watch her videos with the sound turned off. She's not bad as eye candy... not great by any stretch of the imagination, but worth pausing for if you see her while flipping channels.

Re:Poetic... (3, Funny)

linuxci (3530) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748122)

and IE users like listening to whatever the guy who 0wnz their machine wants them to!

Re:Poetic... (1)

Bug-Man (83169) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748180)

Microsoft certified pros are Britney fans


This is because the average age of an MCP is five years old. It's easier to become an MCP than it is to get into the Grade 1 spelling club.

Re:Poetic... (5, Funny)

bsaxberg (760884) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748189)

For a minute I thought that said. Microsoft certified pros are Barney fans

Re:Poetic... (1)

bwthomas (796211) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748213)

Umm, clearly you can 'make this stuff up'. I doubt the possibility of anyone male over the age of 30 listening to bspears as a first choice. i can think of certain other activities they might want to do with her...

but leave it to the microsofties to have that small of an imagination. It's the linux phreaks that are cool enough to make entire desktop themes in KDE|GNOME dedicated to obscure and scantily clad italian models that, apparently, love penguin tatoos.

Re:Poetic... (1, Insightful)

Otter (3800) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748302)

You can't make this stuff up.

Oh, no. I'm sure a statistically meaningful survey classified 200 people into 7 groups, each of which turned out have entirely distinct, internally consistent, top 3 preferences!

Of course this stuff is made up!

They left out IT's favorite music... (4, Funny)

Not_Wiggins (686627) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748083)

mp3 and ogg. ;)

Truly Enlightning (1)

n0prob (55586) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748086)

Headbanger developers.. Never met one..

NT Admins Brittany fans.. lol

DeadHead Security guys.. believable!!

Re:Truly Enlightning (1)

XBruticusX (735258) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748117)

Management likely fibbing to appear more intelligent than they are...definitely believeable!

Re:Truly Enlightning (1)

tomcio.s (455520) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748136)

Let me introduce myself:
I am a developer,
I headbang.

There, now you have met a developer.

Re:Truly Enlightning (1)

RealityMogul (663835) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748188)

Please don't cut and paste your personal ads into slashdot discussions.

Just kidding. Headbanging developer here too.

Re:Truly Enlightning (1)

bile (169020) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748183)

As a developer I happened to be listening to Megadeth on http://www.hardrockin80s.com/ [hardrockin80s.com] while working on my latest project here at work when I ran across this article this morning. However, I wouldn't read much into this survey considering it was only 200 people. I listen to many of those bands... minus the Microsoft cert people's.

YAMHD (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748191)

Yet another metal head developer.

Well, I listen to a lot more than just metal... (jungle, brit pop, 60's jazz, etc.) but I do listen to metal.

Re:Truly Enlightning (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748222)

I'm a developer.

Slayer is the best band to grace gods green earth.

Re:Truly Enlightning (1)

Fujisawa Sensei (207127) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748342)

Forget the 80's Metal. I'm a Developer, at least Sun says so, listening to Novasonic,and Dir en Grey.

...and at the bottom of the article.... (5, Funny)

dave-tx (684169) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748090)

Ironically, the first link at the bottom of the article is "Who conducts the crappiest polls?"... Gee, that's just what I was wondering.

How apt (2, Insightful)

the_unknown_soldier (675161) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748096)

Job: Microsoft-certified professionals Favoured genre: Mainstream pop Top three bands: 1. Britney Spears Listening to corporatised crap, while creating corporatised crap

You Forgot (3, Funny)

swordboy (472941) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748097)

Make a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul for us TMBG/Gentoo fans.

Re:You Forgot (0, Troll)

fireman sam (662213) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748228)

It's "build a little birdhouse in your soul".

Pfft, some fan. I hate them and I know what there song is called.

Re:You Forgot (1)

Repugnant_Shit (263651) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748335)

Incorrect troll! The song is titled "Birdhouse in your sould" and the lyrics are "make a little birdhouse in your soul."

You are hereby sentenced to listen to J-Lo and Avril's rendition of "Jingle Bells" for three hours!

Microsoft and Britney Spears connection .... (5, Funny)

auburnate (755235) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748102)

Recent IE exploits lead Microsoft developers to exclaim " Oops, I did it again ...." !!!

It's not about taste (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748105)

I listen to whatever honks off the RIAA the most!

I must be the odd man out... (1)

Speare (84249) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748120)

I don't really listen to much music at all, while I'm doing anything else. I can enjoy it if I'm spending all my attention on the music, but I find it annoying and distracting 90% of the time if I'm trying to do anything else. Instrumental music is easier to ignore so I can concentrate on the tasks at hand, but if I'm just trying to tune it out, then why bother?

Plus, I have a LOT of other things to do with my time than deciding on playlists and spend cash on discs and downloads and devices.

[barry] On another note, wouldn't "Tragically The Who" make a great band name? [/barry]

Re:I must be the odd man out... (0, Redundant)

16K Ram Pack (690082) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748173)

Tend to agree, although things like The Orb and Mozart are fine.

And this matters how??? (-1, Troll)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748121)

Sorry but this is supposed to be news for nerds. Stuff that matters. A poll of 200 about what music they listen to is just pure crap. Frankly I am developer and I do not bang my head. Now Rush is cool but the the hair bands and thrash just don't do it for me at all.

College homework (1)

nkh (750837) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748123)

When I'm really late for a college project, I listen to black metal at full power. It helps you to stay concentrated.
More seriously, all the gurus I know don't restrict themselves to one kind of music. Well, for Microsoft pros, Britney could be an explaination to all the problems...

I agree with article (1)

DrugCheese (266151) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748127)

I'm an IT manager who developes, uses linux and has a head for security. I listen to pretty much everything except the Britney genre.

What's the point ? (2, Insightful)

mirko (198274) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748128)

Should we try to figure out what we should do because some underused psycho chose to make a barely pertinent musical taste study ?
I thought the music that we listen too was more related to whom we listen to music with, so if you have a manager who grew in some Bronxesque area, he'd listen to the Ramones or Public Enemy rathger than to Mozart...

Hmmmm... (2, Funny)

Zamis (81530) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748137)

MCSE"'s listen to Britney spears!

That explains a lot.

Hmm... (4, Interesting)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748138)

I'm waiting for somebody to turn this into a 20 question "What IT Professional am I?" quiz and put it on http://seventeen.com/

Oh, please (1, Insightful)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748139)

Heh heh MS is gay people hoo lik MS lissen to bertney spears he heh hee

Britney is greatly underrated (-1, Troll)

91degrees (207121) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748141)

While this artist is greatly derided, it never seems to occur to the elitist music enthusiasts that she is popular for a very good reason.

Apart from her well publicised efforts to reduice crime and terrorism, Britney has also achieved multiple platinum sales several times, and is regularly nominated for prestigious awards such as the grammy's and MTV music awards.

Sadly, a lot of peopel hate success, and jealously deride both her and her fans.

Re:Britney is greatly underrated (4, Funny)

michael path (94586) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748168)

While this artist is greatly derided, it never seems to occur to the elitist music enthusiasts that she is popular for a very good reason.

Two of them, actually. I believe they're referred to as "left" and "right".

Re:Britney is greatly underrated (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748187)

Thanks for this, Britney.

Now haven't you got to go off, take half your clothes off and mime to a plastic dance song into a camera for 3 minutes?

Re:Britney is greatly underrated (1)

MacBorg (740087) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748212)

Uh, no. She's hated because her music is dreadful - it's like hearing a cat being disembowled. Reduce terrorism, my arse? What did she do, kiss Tom Ridge? All that the platnums prove is that the pop-music buying public has so little taste that they will buy whatever crap is shoved down their throats. We don't hate success, we hate crappy music.

Re:Britney is greatly underrated (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748282)

Uh, no. She's hated because her music is dreadful - it's like hearing a cat being disembowled.

Rubbish. If it was that bad, nobody would buy it.

All that the platnums prove is that the pop-music buying public has so little taste that they will buy whatever crap is shoved down their throats.

They have litle taste!? Are you the judge of what is and isn't good taste? Here was I thinking it was a matter of taste.

Re:Britney is greatly underrated (1)

16K Ram Pack (690082) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748234)

The public are not always right. They love movies like Independence Day. Rambo 2 sold loads, but no-one would watch it now except for laughs.

The real measure of critical success is the test of time.

However, Toxic is a top tune.

Re:Britney is greatly underrated (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748330)

The public are not always right. They love movies like Independence Day.

Were the public somehow wrong to like that film? Why? Did they not enjoy it?

The real measure of critical success is the test of time.

The real measure of actual success is number of sales.

Re:Britney is greatly underrated (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748299)

she is popular for a very good reason.
And that would be because she appeals to the lowest common denominator?

Re:Britney is greatly underrated (1)

Eric604 (798298) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748332)

"it never seems to occur to the elitist music enthusiasts that she is popular for a very good reason" The reason is that the masses like simple (bad?) songs. It's only a shame they get awards for it.

What I'm listening to now: (1)

jcostantino (585892) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748150)

Gumball 3000 Soundtrack / Time To Build

What I usually listen to:

Beastie Boys TMBG (The Spine, I don't really fancy their stuff that much) John Williams' scores Air Billy Joel Elton John Various hip-hop and top 40 Jurassic 5 Maroon 5 N.E.R.D. Puff Daddy

And a bunch of movie sound tracks like:

Kill Bill Vols 1 and 2 Love, Actually soundtrack etc...

My iTunes library only has about 850 songs in it.

Re:What I'm listening to now: (1)

jcostantino (585892) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748201)

Damn commas....

Beastie Boys, TMBG (The Spine, I don't really fancy their stuff that much), John Williams' scores, Air, Billy Joel, Elton John, Various hip-hop and top 40, Jurassic 5, Maroon 5, N.E.R.D., Puff Daddy

Re:What I'm listening to now: (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748217)

iTunes library.

So there we have it, concrete proof that mac zealots are at least an order of magnitude gayer than MSCE's.

At least Britney's a girl, you know, with tits and a pussy. Fuckin Elton John and Billy Joel? Ha

Re:What I'm listening to now: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748339)

BBC's Essential Mix for me. Always good DJs from every facet of electronica music performing at their best for two hours.

Great music to keep rockin through a long project :)

BBC Radio One [bbc.co.uk]

Freshly Mixed [freshlymixed.com] Great place for some mix Torrents.

Let's add in our own data points (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748152)

Perl/Java Developer, linux user Mostly Metal/Hardcore

Hmm.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748155)

Guess I'm supposed to be an IT director or CIO then. Better go tell my boss to promote me :)

This is about as useful as saying... (2, Insightful)

Vexler (127353) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748162)

...that the Chinese have great food, the Japanese have great swords, and the Koreans are all cross-eyed.

I do agree that the functions of the brain that enable logical and organizational thinking somehow also enable either strong inclination for music or strong musical abilities. But to say that developers or *nix admins tend to like different kinds of music is going a bit far.

Who cares what they're listening to (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748164)

As long as it's illegal.

Missing... (3, Funny)

alexatrit (689331) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748167)

What about the rhythmic aural pleasures of the admins in the surrounding cubes beating their heads against their desks? I'd think that would rank right up there.

Confirmation (2, Informative)

fbrain (758421) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748171)

I can confirm this... At the 20/20 Microsoft and Linux Debate in Newport (no it wasn't open and honest!) I spied a Microsoftie listening to Toxic by Britney Spears on his MP3 player (I can't remember what it was but it wasn't an Apple iPod). This was after the debate^H^H^H^H^H^Htalk.

I wonder... (4, Funny)

Wattsman (75726) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748175)

Do KDE developers listen to Kompressor?
"K.. is for Kompressor!"

Re:I wonder... (0, Offtopic)

sqlzealot (553596) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748298)

B is for briefcase, with money bring to me.
C is for candlestick, I hit you in the knee.
D is for Deutschland, for Deutschland victory.
K is for KOMPRESSOR, KOMPRESSOR is for me!

K is for KOMPRESSOR.
K is for KOMPRESSOR.
K is for KOMPRESSOR.
K is for KOMPRESSOR.

F is for Frenchman, I dump them in the sea.
G is for Germans, we do not watch TV.
H is for Hatred, we do not like to ski, and
K is for KOMPRESSOR, KOMPRESSOR is for me.

K is for KOMPRESSOR.
K is for KOMPRESSOR.
K is for KOMPRESSOR.
K is for KOMPRESSOOOOOOOOOR!!!!
K
K
K
is for KOMPRESSOR.
K is for KOMPRESSOR.
K is for KOMPRESSOR.
K is for KOMPRESSOR.
K is for KOMPRESSOR!

is it me or (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748178)

wow.

sure are some uber-lame postings on /.

what is this, slow news day? nothing else to bring up of interest? or perhaps the post reflects the sheer stupidity of many of the slashdot readers. Im including myself in this since after years of reading /. I realize it has absolutely no value what so ever.

NIN (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748182)

Back in 1995 it seemed like every young programmer was listening to Nine Inch Nails.

Linux users (2, Funny)

gspr (602968) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748186)

cat linux-2.6.7.tar > /dev/audio

On a more serious side, I'm a Linux user who listens mostly to various types of metal (Metallica, In Flames, Opeth...)

Re:Linux users (4, Funny)

bcmm (768152) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748322)

cat /bin/emacs > /dev/audio
cat /bin/vi > /dev/audio
Emacs sounds better than vi!

Let the flames begin!

I hope to be a linux using manager someday (1)

genner (694963) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748193)

So I listen to classical remixed into techno. Please mod as painfully insightful as I'm not joking. Ok I am , I have no real urge to be a manager, but classical remixes rock.

Re:I hope to be a linux using manager someday (1)

nkh (750837) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748300)

A friend of mine told me about black metal musics remixed into classical, you should try that.

So how old are these people? (1)

Audigy (552883) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748197)

Interesting how age is not mentioned in that article at all from what I read... Note that it sometimes takes longer to get into different parts of the IT field (degrees take more years to get, etc)

Metal!! (2, Funny)

bozendoka (739643) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748198)

I'd post something insightful, but "Killing Is My Business..." just started and I'm losing...control...of my...lft hnd grphl

Article's Tagline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748199)

The latest research by "accelerated learning" outfit The Training Company may be very silly, but at least it doesn't accuse piratical punters from downloading movies illegally from the Internet.

Honestly, how am I supposed to take an article seriously when it opens with some totally irrelevant line like that? Am I really to believe that Microsoft professionals are big-name, MTV-loving whores, and that Linux-lovers are the typical outcasts, because "no one listens to techno"? I take this article with a little more than just a *grain* of salt.

Information Security Professional (1)

Maradine (194191) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748200)

Genre: see sig.

What do network engineers like? (1)

grunt107 (739510) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748208)

Rap - cable, that is.

Developer, Analyst, Sysadmin...My Music (1)

haplo21112 (184264) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748216)

Rush, Metallica, Evanesance, Billy Joel, Avril, Dream Theater, GnR, Queen, Van Halen, Pearl Jam, STP, RATM, Creed, Spock's Beard, GodSmack, Whats that say about me...

Re:Developer, Analyst, Sysadmin...My Music (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748245)

Rush, Metallica, Evanesance, Billy Joel, Avril, Dream Theater, GnR, Queen, Van Halen, Pearl Jam, STP, RATM, Creed, Spock's Beard, GodSmack, Whats that say about me...

That you're deaf?

Re:Developer, Analyst, Sysadmin...My Music (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748333)

Evanesance sucks. Well, the rest is good.

Individuality (1)

software_tweaker (626035) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748224)

I suppose I need to change my listening habits to fit in. I once read a survey that proved nearly 2/3 of all surveys are are at least 67% inaccurate.

I bet (1)

mpost4 (115369) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748230)

I bet I do not fit into most if not any of the groups with the music I listen to, and frankly I don't care. I like Billy Joel, Elton John. But while coding the best music IMHO is They Might be Giants and Tom Petty, John Melloncamp is also good.

What no who they are good music too.

This is goofy (4, Interesting)

sielwolf (246764) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748240)

I'm glad they took a well-sized sample of 200 people to represent the 7 job classifications. That's almost 29 datapoints per class. It've been more interesting if they would've tried to find corollaries to see who listens to what. Hell, I'd assume there's probably an age distinction more at play into someone listening to Classical than to job type (although I think age might play into that as well. I don't know many 19 year old IT managers).

And not to nitpick, but 'Electro' (in the article) is not short for Electronic. It is actually an identifiable style deriving from Kraftwerk (which they have on there, but the Orb and Underworld are not Electro) meshing electronics with funk (see "Planet Rock" [wikipedia.org] ). It then has all of its offshoots over the years like Darkwave (which most folks just confuse with Industrial anway) and Electroclash (Adult., Dopplereffekt, Fischerspooner, Peaches).

So what's on our lab iPod playlist?

Twine Twine, IDM/ambient.
Mr Vegas Pull Up, Dancehall.
various Welcome to the D: Electro, Electro.
various Lo Fibre Companion, grindy bass ambient from Birmingham, UK.

Minority OS, Minority music tastes... (2, Insightful)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748243)

Linux geek, support-type engineer.

Prog-rock/metal/blues tastes:

Eloy, Nektar, AC/DC, Rammstein, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Thorogood.

the who? (0, Troll)

denisdekat (577738) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748268)

Obviously you think that the who is something important and pivotal in music, but sadly it is mere folk music. If you are a smart admn, you should listen to smart music like classical or jazz. Personally, I am bored to death with the simplistic slogan "get you through the day" type music. Every one go listen to Prokofiev's piano concertos now!

The Fall (2, Insightful)

16K Ram Pack (690082) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748273)

Obsure band, but a lot of programming people seem to like them.

Re:The Fall (1)

tobe (62758) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748286)

I'll second that... but it might just be a brit thing..

Hey Mr Pharmacist..

OMG !! I'm in the wrong biz... (1)

MarsDude (74832) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748281)

Maybe turn it around... Tell your favourite artists and you get the perfect job description as a return value :-)

For now... I have concluded that I should not be in IT LOL (btw I'm a developer)

Was Listening to some Jamie Cullum this morning (jazzy stuff)

when I code... (4, Interesting)

RainbowSix (105550) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748283)

I listen to Nintendo remixes [ocremix.org] . The songs are memorable and catchy, and most of them don't have lyrics so I can concentrate on my work.

Translation: (5, Funny)

mblase (200735) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748288)

It seems that developers are headbangers, ...against their keyboards, usually muttering things like "@#$% this compiler"....

Microsoft certified pros are Britney fans, ...assume that whatever's popular is the bandwagon they should jump on....

and management goes for Mozart. ...on the mistaken assumption that it will increase their IQs subliminally....

Linux users tend toward Electronica, ...knowing full well that lyrics, like marketing, is highly overrated....

and Security goes for The Dead. ...because typically, it is.

Q: Are we not men? (2, Interesting)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748296)

A: We are DEVO.

I've talked with a few people in IT around here about music before (varying positions, but mostly programming) and it seems we all agree on liking the following bands:

1. Devo
2. Dead Milkmen (have yet to meet an IT guy who doesn't like Stuart)

After that, there's not much agreement, but I am a bit surprised that these are the two bands we almost unanimously agreed on liking.

In a related story... (1)

scoot241 (794509) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748308)

The new Britney Spears video begins filming today at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, WA. The video is expected to have a guest appearance by Bill Gates himself in an unknown role.

Where is Progressive Rock? (4, Interesting)

CharAznable (702598) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748311)

It's great geek music... the sci-fi.. the long instrumental passages...

Personally, I like King Crimson, Genesis, Gong (of Radio GNOME Invisible fame, no less!) among other stuff.

Luddite (1)

SlipJig (184130) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748312)

Well, I listen to NPR and to traditional Irish dance music. I guess that makes me a Luddite?

Don't read too much into the MCP-Britney connection - I'm an MCSD (certified in Java too) and I think her music sucks donkey balls.

Bluegrass! (1)

MandoSKippy (708601) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748314)

I find the perfect ying to the technological world of IT is roots music. Bluegrass, Acoustic Folk, Acoustic Jazz etc. Bill Monroe! Del McCourey Band! Nickel Creek! David Grisman! Flatt & Scruggs! Bela Fleck! These guys "rock" :)

Heavy Metal, why am I not surprised? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748317)

I've noticed in college that heavy metal was the style of music for long haired, ponytailed geeks, so I'm not too surprised that it's popular with developers. Though I never really got why geeks have picked out heavy metal?

Personally, even though I don't use Linux, I listen to electronica, like the mentioned groups - The Orb and Underworld, among others... I would've expected IT workers to mostly be into this, due to the technology involved in making it.

This proves it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9748320)

> Microsoft certified pros are Britney fans

This proves what we knew all along - MS fanboys are gay. Either that or they secretly wish they were a teenage girl.

The Who (1)

dkoziol (323531) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748323)

The Who is in my top 5, along with Bruce, U2, Police, and Zepplin.

Bach? (2, Insightful)

Groote Ka (574299) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748326)

Peculiar that Johann Sebastian Bach does not appear anywhere. Of course considering the popular work of Douglas R. Hofstadther on Goedel, Esscher and Bach.
But also considering the logical build-up of the music. Looking at friends and colleagues, I have a feeling that there are more Bach lovers among beta people than there are among alpha people.

Security? (5, Funny)

dfn5 (524972) | more than 10 years ago | (#9748329)

... and Security goes for The Dead.

So... security is stoned. That certainly gives me the warm and fuzzies.

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