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Consumer Electronics by S. P. Bali

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BACKGROUND MUSIC AND PAGING SYSTEMS

Background music may at first seem to be merely an amenity, but it has proven economic value. Music-while-you-work was introduced during World War II because it was found to boost production at a time when there was a manpower shortage. In stores, background music puts buyers in a happier mood and the sales go up. In airports and other public buildings, it may have no direct economic advantage, but as background music is now readily available, and a paging system is virtually a necessity, the surroundings can be rendered more pleasant by utilising the system for background music, while it is on stand by.

Background music is chosen to be unobtrusive, not requiring listener concentration for its enjoyment. And ...

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