Does Music Help You Focus?
I've read articles that claim listening to Baroque music will help productivity, and some research concludes that music can make you more productive in repetitive tasks. When I wrote my books, I usually had flamenco nuevo or contemporary music in my headset, and sometimes listened to the same album several times in a row. (I'm sure that's not a symptom of anything!) When programming, I like it quiet.
What do you listen to, or do you prefer silence?
If you find that classical music helps you focus, you might enjoy the free concert downloads available at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Music: