A recent article stated that given the choice, most writers prefer silence while they write. A quote, I believe, was something like “My music is silence” or something like that.
Now, I understand that music can be distracting when trying to concentrate on certain things, but it is a must when I write. Hell, my first book was written while I played the soundtrack to Daredevil, over and over again. I don’t really think that affects my writing. I crave the added noise. I don’t know why, but I find silence can be more distracting than some other constant background noise. And certain music can help put me in the mood to write a particularly challenging scene.
Although, truthfully, I usually become absorbed in the writing so that I don’t even hear the music anymore. It’s just a noise in the background that I do not focus on. It is there, but generally tends not to pull my attention. Music was more distracting when I was trying to do my homework more so than when I try to write.
Really, I am sure, it comes down to the individual. Some people are more comfortable with silence, while silence just creeps other people out. I fall into the latter category.