I work as a contractor for a web development company. Where I sit I am sometimes negatively distracted by the music. I'm not certain of the details, but the speaker is built into the ceiling but I think a collection of people who sit in the area use bluetooth to control the volume and song being played (presumably from their phone or computer).
The music distracts me because it sometimes is
- too loud
- the choice of songs are sometimes annoying and not really something I can listen to in the background
- the speaker is on one side of me and I never noticed this before but actually find it really irritating hearing music on one side but not the other
I noticed that the people near the speaker often wear headphones so I wonder if they don't like the music and who exactly is playing it? The other day everyone had left and I was staying late to try to finish something and the music was really irritating.
I'm relatively new to the job and don't work with the people who seem to be in control of the music. I work closely with one other person in the area. My boss is in a different city.
What's the best way to address this? I tried listening to my own music on headphones but that interferes with my ability to quickly answer questions my colleague in front of me asks.