Music and gambling are both activities that many people partake in. They’re both solitary pastimes that can be enjoyed without having to interact with anyone else. But what are they really?

To answer this question, it’s important to understand the difference between music and gambling. With music, you’re listening to someone else’s creation, while with gambling you’re creating something yourself.

Let’s take a closer look at these two activities:


Music is an activity where you listen to someone else’s creation–usually for enjoyment–and it’s typically not considered gambling because the player isn’t making any effort to alter or change the outcome of what they hear.


In contrast to music, gambling is when you spend your own time and money on an activity that has a known chance of winning or losing money. And unlike music, your input can alter the outcome of your gamble–which makes it a form of entertainment.