Keep an offline stash of new releases and all-time favorite tracks
The perks of paying for premium versions of music-streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and others are pretty well-established (there's only so many times you can be told to build a beautiful website with Squarespace), but the ability to listen to content offline may be the greatest.
Not only does this feature cut down on how much data you're eating up while streaming without Wi-Fi, it's also a game-changer for underground commuters and Wi-Fi-less flights. Before you board, set a handful of your favorite playlists to be available offline, and consider doing the same for some of the year's best new songs and albums.
Another worthwhile safeguard: Pack a backup pair of earbuds in your carry-on in case yours conk out mid-flight, because second to crashing, nothing ruins a plane ride like being forced to listen to the dull roar of the engine and your sleeping seatmate for hours on end.
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