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How Much Of A Music Snob Are You?

Please take a break from alphabetizing your vinyl collection and take this quiz.

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  1. Have you ever...

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    Felt like ranking your favorite music of the year was a necessary thing to do?
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    Skipped over someone on a dating site because they have bad taste in music?
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    Shamed a younger person for not knowing a musical reference that was before their time?
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    Corrected someone for getting a minor fact about an artist wrong?
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    Been annoyed when everyone starts liking something you liked a year ago?
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    Forced someone to listen to something obscure because you wanted to "educate" them?
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    Been dismissive of someone buying a greatest hits album?
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    Had elaborate rules for the sequencing of mix tapes and CDs?
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    Been a DJ?
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    Loaded your phone with new songs before a party, just in case?
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    Been annoyed at someone DJing from an iPod?
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    Complained about something being "overproduced"?
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    Made a point of telling people that you preferred an artist's earlier work?
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    Insisted that a demo version of a song was better than the finished studio version?
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    Insisted that a song (or an artist) is much better live?
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    Insisted that a remix was better than the original version?
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    Believed that other people are too dumb to "get" the music you enjoy?
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    Coined a genre name – ___-core, ___-wave, etc?
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    Said “there’s nothing good on the radio”?
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    Had your brain shut down upon being asked "what kind of music do you like?"
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    Stopped liking an artist because you're embarrassed to be associated with their fans?
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    Avoided going to see a band in a large venue?
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    Left a show because you were annoyed with the crowd?
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    Been to SXSW?
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    Been to Coachella?
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    Been to Glastonbury?
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    Been to a DIY punk show?
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    Been to an illegal warehouse rave?
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    Bragged about seeing a band before anyone else knew them?
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    Worked at an independent record store?
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    Worked at an independent record store and made someone feel bad about what they were buying?
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    Had a college radio show?
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    Had a free jazz phase?
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    Had a dub phase?
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    Had a black metal phase?
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    Had a krautrock phase?
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    Told someone that you think international pop music is better than American pop music?
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    Acquired a copy of every single thing a band has ever released? (EVERTHING.)
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    Purchased a bootleg?
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    Bought an album on import?
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    Bought an import single?
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    Bought every version of a CD single to get all the b-sides?
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    Ordered from indie mail order catalogs?
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    Traveled out of your way to go to a record store?
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    Planned an entire vacation around record shopping?
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    Bought high-end headphones?
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    Bought high-end speakers?
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    Bought tube-amp speakers?
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    Actually worried about the quality of your home stereo?
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    Been anxious about the bitrate of audio files?
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    Have you ever been mad at someone for ripping an mp3 under 320kbps?
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    Insisted on listening to lossless audio files like FLAC?
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    Purchased a FLAC file?
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    Been actually ANGRY about the "loudness war"?
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    Spent hours making sure your entire mp3 library had consistent metadata?
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    Organized your mp3s by BPM?
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    Spent hours alphabetizing CDs or LPs?
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    Bought a turntable and vinyl records after 1990?
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    Told people that vinyl just sounds better than CDs?
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    Cared about how many grams a vinyl pressing weighs?
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    Bought a record you know you might not actually listen to?
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    Bid on a rare record on eBay?
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    Spent more than $20 on a record?
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    Spent more than $50 on a record?
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    Spent more than $100 on a record?
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    Spent more than $500 on a record?
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    Purchased a cassette-only indie release?
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    Purchased a limited-edition 7-inch single?
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    Subscribed to multiple streaming services at once?
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    Saved a hard drive because it had music on it?
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    Laughed at someone for not being able to identify a sample in a song?
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    Accused an artist of "selling out"?
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    Bristled at a pop song snuck into an otherwise niche DJ set?
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    Contributed to a zine?
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    Heard of Lester Bangs?
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    Heard of Gerard Cosloy?
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    Heard of Nardwuar?
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    Heard of Robert Christgau?
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    Heard of John Peel?
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    Heard of Ellen Willis?
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    Been able to name 5 music journalists off the top of your head?
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    Been able to name more than 10 music journalists off the top of your head?
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    Bought an issue of The Wire magazine?
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    Owned a 33 ⅓ book?
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    Submitted a proposal to write a 33 ⅓ book?
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    Regularly listened to a show on WFMU?
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    Shopped at a record fair?
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    Bluffed your way through a conversation about an obscure artist you actually didn't know much about?
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    Bought a Soul Jazz Records compilation?
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    Traveled more than five hours to see a show?
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    Shamed someone for buying music at a chain store?
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    Bought mixtapes on the street?
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    Shamed someone for wearing a band's t-shirt at the band's concert?
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    Bought a T-shirt at a show and wore it the next day?
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    Planned out the music played at your wedding even if you're totally single?
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    Had a song or artist ruined for you because you associate it with an ex?
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    Bought tickets to see a reunion show even though you kinda knew it'd be disappointing?
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    Remembered parts of your own life based mainly on what you were listening to at the time?
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    Been emotionally distraught after a favorite band has broken up?
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    Mourned the death of a favorite musician as though they were someone you actually knew?
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