I spend quite a bit of time in hotel rooms. This is how I arrange my musical backdrop.
I’m sure this is painfully obvious to most of you, but there are a couple of new-ish technologies involved, and it can be a real quality-of-life improver, so here goes anyhow.
First of all, you need to go buy a wire like this. I forget what it’s called at the nearest big box, but it’s cheap; there’s a small modern headphone jack at each end. Six feet (2m) or so seems about right.
Next, you need to have a lot of music available. Since I now have eleven thousand songs in the Google Music Beta, and usually there’s one way or another to manage Internet, I’m set. But a normal MP3 player’s worth of tunes will do.
Finally, you need to poke around behind the TV and clock radio in the hotel room to find an audio jack. This is where the recipe most often breaks down, because you need at least one such device in the room. Every such product built in the last couple of years has one, but obviously there are rooms without the necessary. My average isn’t 100%, but it’s better than half.
These devices will have smallish non-audiophile speakers, but they are guaranteed to be better than those on whatever mobile device is hosting (or streaming) your music.
That’s all folks; plug A into B, figure out how to switch the music box’s input, and tune out the traffic or neighbor or hallway or elevator noise. Sweet dreams.