Something I noticed the past few years is the increasing stringency in playing 'Acapella music only' until Shavuos.
It was only a few short years ago when most new music recordings were scheduled for release on Lag BaOmer. Lag BaOmer was a great day for going to the park, playing baseball and listening to the latest and greatest tracks.
Yet now that Acapella is in vogue, this "Heter" causes a "Chumrah" because these same stores delay the playing of real music until the 2nd wave of Sefirah participants have completed their tour of duty.
Whether Acapella should be considered music or not, I'll leave that to the Halacha blogs. In any event, the real focus should be on Kabbalos HaTorah and committing one's self to it's study.
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