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MP-Three questions: What are you listening to? Who's on your Most Played list? Why do you like your iPod?

– Every month or so, a NewsCenter reporter stops student passers-by on campus, asking for their Point of View on a topic of the day. But that task has become increasingly tough: it's hard to find a student who, in between classes, doesn't have her ears plugged with either a cell phone headset or the ubiquitous white buds. We decided to face the music and ask those listening to iPods and other MP3 devices what was playing, who was in heavy rotation, and what they like about their music player.

Unfortunately, in order to ask those questions, we had to resort to holding up a sign with "Quick iPod Survey" written on it … and still most people walked past pretending not to notice. As several students admit below, that's the beauty of the iPod: it lets you tune out the world, including pesky people with clipboards.

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Evan Valle 'I'm listening to some Latin music: "Clandestino," by Manu Chao. Right now I'm into Interpol's "Song 7." My iPod isn't vital: it's a good excuse not to talk to people. It's great to be able to listen to music when I'm walking up the hill.'
—Evan Valle, fourth-year integrative biology major. Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.

'"Twiggy Twiggy" by Pizzicato Five is what's playing right now, but Oscar Peterson's "Days of Wine and Roses" is one of my favorites on here. I love my iPod; it tunes everything out and lets me concentrate. I wish I could have it surgically implanted.'
—Tricia Powell, fourth-year integrative biology major. Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Tricia Powell

John Song 'I'm listening to Christian music: "Before There Was Time," by Caedmon's Call. The iPod's on shuffle; I don't have a favorite. I mostly use it when I'm walking to class.'
—John Song, fifth-year economics and legal studies major. Hometown: Torrance, Calif.

'The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I'm into the Killers at the moment - "Mr. Brightside." My iPod means I don't have to hear my roommate moving about when I go to sleep. I also travel a lot, and it's great for that.'
—Lucy Mott, third-year American Studies exchange student. Hometown: Burton-upon-Trent, England.
Lucy Mott

Steven Li '"I'm Only Sleeping," by the Beatles. Picking a favorite song is too tough; I have so many! I'd have to look at my Most Played list on the computer. The Beatles would be on there, and Death Cab for Cutie is an all-time favorite band. I like the iPod because of the incredible amount of music you can access. Also, I hate walking to class, I hate walking period, and this makes it more pleasant. My earbuds? The iPod ones broke: these are Sony, which have better bass anyway.'
—Steven Li, fourth-year math major. Hometown: Oakland, Calif.

'I'd have to look: "Ring of Fire" by Social Distortion is what's playing. I don't listen to mine all the time, just whenever I feel like it. Mostly when I'm walking.'
—Sheena Patel, third-year civil engineering major. Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Sheen Patel

'Right now? "Wrap Your Arms Around Me," by the Bare Naked Ladies. I'm listening to Ben Folds a lot. Why do I like my iPod? Because it's just … cool. I use it while studying, whenever. I have speakers, so I even use it for an alarm clock.'
—Robin Rothfeder, second-year environmental sciences major. Hometown: Sandy, Utah.

'It's a song in French called "On a Les Amours Qu'on Merite," by Chimène Badi. She's probably my favorite right now, but that changes every two weeks. I use my iPod mostly when I'm studying and walking, really for any mode of transport.'
—Abra Yeh, third-year English major. Hometown: Carpinteria, Calif.
Abra Yeh