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Do iOS and Android users blast music differently while driving?

Here’s another novel study done by American Trucks. Do iOS and Android users listen to music at different volumes while driving? Never crossed my mind, if I’m honest. But let’s take a look anyway.

The study focused on distracted driving. And yes, music can be a distraction when you’re supposed to be concentrating on keeping your vehicle shiny side up between the ditches. American Trucks looked at 1,000 drivers (500 iOS users and 500 Android-ers).

  • Android users (73%) are most likely to play their music louder when compared to Apple users (69%)
  • 59% of Android users are most likely to blast rock music
  • 55% of Apple users are most likely to blast pop music 
  • Rock and pop were top genres among Apple and Android users. Hip-hop and rap were among the top five choices for both
  • Metal made the top five drive-time genres for Android users (24%), while Apple users were more likely to choose Indie (29%)

The study goes on to report that Apple users were more likely to have been in an accident that was their fault (19% vs. 16% for Android users). However, Android users were 15% more likely than Apple users to have been in an accident as the result of distracted likely. But Apple users have been in nearly 20% more accidents when they’ve been at fault. Apple users also get slightly more traffic tickets.

I like this stat, too: Apple users say they experience more road rage.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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