It can be difficult finding good music that is appropriate for your dental practice. Say you have patients waiting in the lobby for you, or even being placed on hold while trying to schedule an appointment over the phone. Music can be a nice added touch to make them feel more at ease and help pass the time. But maybe you aren’t quite sure where to go to find appropriate music that works with your office setup.
Of course, you could always go with Muzak, but who wants to feel like they’re waiting inside an elevator? Then there is always the radio, but who wants to listen to three songs in a row followed by seven minutes of DJ banter and commercials? And, if you think that you can just hook up your iPod and play your tunes… well, that might not exactly be legal, since most copyrights have provisions against unlicensed use in public settings (like a dentist’s office).
Well, here are some suggestions for where you can find good music that you can use in your workplace.
PANDORA FOR BUSINESS
One of the Internet’s leading music services, Pandora, is now available for business use. Pandora gives you a lot of flexibility in finding music types that suit your ear. You do not have the option of queuing up individual songs as you would with other music services; instead, you get a random, almost radio-like shuffle of ad-free songs. But, you can set preferred types of music and further customize what you hear by using Pandora’s Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down buttons.
Pandora for Business is handled by a company called DMX. The Pandora subscription costs $24.95 per month, and there is also a one-time fee of $99 for the required DMX ProFusion broadband media player, which you can hook up to the sound system in your office.
SIRIUSXM MUSIC FOR BUSINESS
SiriusXM, like Pandora, offers a business-friendly subscription plan that lets you stream music from all types of genres for all sorts of tastes. With 85 channels to choose from, they can even supply you with on-hold music for patients on the phone. The receiver connects easily to the sound system in your office, too.
Subscriptions start at $29.95 per month, and all you need is a broadband internet connection.
GRACE DIGITAL AUDIO BUSINESS MUSIC SYSTEM
The Grace Digital Audio Business Music System is a Wi-Fi-enabled radio player that connects with SiriusXM’s Music for Business service. The best thing about this particular receiver is that you can easily hook it up to your dental office phone system and your office’s sound system as well. The radio player uses a broadband internet connection (either via Ethernet or Wi-Fi), and makes giving music to your patients and staff a breeze!
The receiver itself costs $199, in addition to the monthly SiriusXM Music for Business subscription.
If setting up your own in-office music solution sounds like too much for you, you can look into a professional third-party service that specializes in hooking up your office with custom music. If you don’t like the song selection of services like Pandora, SiriusXM, or even good old FM radio, the people at Custom Channels will help cater the songs you hear to your office, offering to match the music they provide to the mood and tone of your business. People waiting for a dental appointment might not want to hear anything too jarring, and Custom Channels is a possible way of making sure that the music you have in your waiting room or while on hold is appropriate.
Custom Channels uses an Internet receiver to deliver their music, commercial-free, to your workplace.
But what about if you’re just looking for music for yourself? Maybe you come home from the office and just want to sit down on the couch and forget about enamel, root canals, and cavities.
Songza is an up-and-coming music service that, like Pandora and Sirius, offers playlists. Songza, however, gives you playlist suggestions based on factors like the time of day, if it happens to be a weekend or a weekday, and your mood. For example: you get home from the office at 5 o’clock and want to unwind, you can choose a relaxing mix. If you need to get jazzed up, you can pick a more energetic playlist.