It always seems like the devices your S.O. gave you for Christmas are already out-of-date by the time New Year’s Eve rolls around. New versions of smartphones, laptops, and DSLRs drop every year, and it might be hard to keep up with what’s hot and happening. The same goes for the technology that handles your music. There’s a system of working parts that comes into play when you consider how you consume and experience sound, and it can be as simple or complex as you’d like. Whether it comes to taking your music library on the go or simply kickin’ back in your dorm room and bumping some needed tunes to get amped for finals, there are a handful of ways your music technology can be tweaked so you can get the most out of its potential (depending on how far you’re behind to begin with, that is). 

Here are 10 potential ways the music technology you have now can be years behind.