What's on Democrats and Republicans's iPods? -- Here are the surprising music tastes of those who downloaded speeches by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Clinton

By Michael Endelman
Updated October 15, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

It’s great that you can download the speeches from this year’s Republican and Democratic national conventions for free at iTunes’ Audiobooks section. But while you’re there, you might want to check out a special feature called ”Listeners also bought…” With a click, it’s easy to glean which party’s faithful have better taste in tunes.

Wonks who downloaded Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s pun-filled crowd-pleaser listen to… Appropriately image-conscious singer Janet Jackson and, strangely, the very un-Republican Public Enemy.

Wonks who downloaded Bill Clinton’s Kerry-lovin’ pep talk listen to… Baby-boomer bards like Cat Stevens, gospel act the Blind Boys of Alabama, and rapper Ghostface.

Wonks who downloaded Madeleine Albright’s address listen to… A shockingly hip mix of alt-rock (Death Cab for Cutie, Franz Ferdinand) and mellow mood music (Norah Jones).