Music has been proven to help reset your mood, reduce your stress, calm your anxiety and even speed up recovery. Music can also help keep you motivated through a workout or long drive and help you study and retain information.
“Music is a really important part of my life. I mostly listen to 90’s hip-hop, but like all kinds of music. I listen to different genres depending on my mood and my schedule; jazz when I clean the house, hip-hop at the gym or classical music when I want to reset my mind.”
– Pierre, French Merchant Operations Specialist, Rakuten Canada
No matter your musical preferences, everyone agrees that music is powerful. For some people, listening to music can help them fall asleep or even provide that extra little nudge in the morning to wake up and get ready for the day. Like when your favourite song is playing on the alarm radio… you can’t help but be in a good mood!
Here’s some tech, accessories, and ideas to get the most out of your playlists and enhance your auditory experience, whether you’re at home or on the go.
To get you started, an Apple Music subscription gives you unlimited access to stream more than 60 million songs, data-free. The best part is you can get your playlists from your Apple Watch or listen in the car via CarPlay.
There are so many types of headphones on the market it’s hard to know what’s best for you. Here’s a quick rundown – and you can get most of these from Bose in a variety of styles and colours.
• on-ear headphones rest on top of your ears and sit flat against your ear
• over-ear headphones cup your ears which also create somewhat of a noise-cancelling effect
• in-ear headphones employ silicone tips fit into your ear canal (more hold)
• earbuds are similar to in-ear however don’t go into the ear as much (less hold)
• Bluetooth headphones are wireless and come in many of the above styles – very convenient for activity
Ever hear the saying, “What’s old is new again”? Well, it’s never been truer than with record players. Music aficionados swear there’s nothing quite like the experience of playing vinyl music and Urban Outfitters has a few (really cool and funky-looking) record players to set you up.
To get the most out of your home music experience, Bluetooth speakers can help project the soothing sounds across any room in your house or apartment. This can be great if you want to listen to music in the shower (hello bathroom divas!), or if you want to listen in high-definition while preparing your favourite risotto recipe. Chapters-Indigo even has one in a cute little Troll dolls, perfect for a kid’s bedroom.
A few accessories can make the experience go further.
This wireless and portable home charger from Staples can charge your device super-fast and without all the crazy cable mess.
Get yourself a fun case for your AirPods from The Source. This Laut Huex Elements case is even compatible with the home charger we suggested.
Don’t forget to download the Rakuten app on your mobile device so you never miss a Cash Back opportunity (even if you’re shopping while listening to your favourite album on your phone… ahem!).