I'm not sure, if I'm alone, but I never liked music, any kind of music. It never made me happy or sad. Actually it never ever had any effects on me right from my childhood days. My iPod(received as a gift) is filled with audio version of movies and dramas, but never songs.

Is it some kind of mental illness?

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    $\begingroup$ Wikipedia says: "A mental disorder [...] is a mental or behavioral pattern that causes either suffering or a poor ability to function in ordinary life." Thus, I would only describe it as a mental illness, when you suffer from it or it prevents you from living your life normally (which I don't think is the case). $\endgroup$ Feb 16 '16 at 20:44
  • $\begingroup$ I would consider the following: 1. Was there any music in your childhood environment? 2. Is your hearing OK? Can you sing along with some tune (with someone listening) as a means to determine if your audio perception is correct? $\endgroup$
    – user3169
    Feb 18 '16 at 4:58
  • $\begingroup$ @user3169 1. Not remembering, but there was a radios available during that time, in which some music will be broadcasted often. 2. My hearing is completely okay, as per my recent tests. And I need to try the third one, But I think it is little difficult for me.. $\endgroup$
    – Stranger
    Feb 18 '16 at 8:18

I wouldn't call it a disorder, unless it significantly affects your life. Not enjoying music or not being able to produce music is known as "amusia". It probably has to do with differences in perceiving pitch [1]. It can also occur in people with recently fitted hearing aids or cochlear implants [2].

If you are interested in this, there is a chapter about cases of amusia in Oliver Sack's book Musicophilia [3].

[1] Liu F, Patel AD, Fourcin A, Stewart L. (2010). Intonation processing in congenital amusia: discrimination, identification and imitation. Brain. 133(Pt 6):1682-93. doi:10.1093/brain/awq089
[2] Cooper, W., Tobey, E., & Loizou, P. (2008). Music Perception by Cochlear Implant and Normal Hearing Listeners as Measured by the Montreal Battery for Evaluation of Amusia. Ear and Hearing, 29(4), 618. doi:10.1097/AUD.0b013e318174e787
[3] http://www.oliversacks.com/books-by-oliver-sacks/musicophilia/


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