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Here’s A Video Explaining Why Phone Call Hold Music Sounds So Awful

Ever wondered why music that’s playing while your phone call’s on hold sounds awful? The worst is when you’re on an important call, like being called for a job interview or calling a sex hotline. You can’t hang up or even put the phone down because you don’t know when the other person will pick up. “C’mon Candy, I can’t listen to that tin-can version of Don’t Stop Believin’”.

Turns out there’s a history of companies cutting corners in order to make connecting calls cheaper, and Youtuber Tom Scott breaks down the reason why that hold music sounds worse than Jaden Smith’s new rap album.

Hit the jump for the video.