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The road trip prevails with the evolution of how we listen to music.

The road trip has been a staple in many people’s lives and some of their first memories. Road trips are the definition of freedom for many, and are the backbone of the recent #vanlife movement.

There are so many key elements of the road trip, but the brightest gem was the mixtape. However, with the advent of the near infinite capacity iPod in the late 2000s and now the massive web connectivity of the cloud, we all enjoy streaming services of Spotify, Pandora and the like.

Back in the day, the mixtape was a labor of love. Countless hours were poured into cramming a dozen songs on the A and B sides of a cassette tape, making sure the songs were in the perfect order and not overlapping, and when it was all done it was a crowning jewel and you were the greatest MC in the land.

Shortly afterward with the coming of the CD and the personal CD burner, our mixtapes were digitized and easier to make. Full sleeves of CDs were under the arm of many or on the back of the sun visor, eagerly waiting for their chance to be slipped into the changer and hopefully not skip. But gone are the days of the finite playlist sizes, and the tedious curation of songs to fully tell the story of the journey in front of you.

And honestly, it’s for the best.

We now have access to the world’s library of music, anywhere we go—and the richness of our storytelling for our wonderful road trip obsessions can be ever more powerful. You no longer have to spend dozens of hours to piece together a few songs to accompany the moment. It’s easy as logging into your Spotify account and picking a song and letting it fill in the blanks, or go old school and curate your own playlist.

What do you listen to when you’re pounding out the miles? Let us know in the comments below.

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