Ah, cassette loading.
I always found the loading time handy. It allowed you to have a squiz at the instructions if the game was new, or to make a cup of tea whilst an old fave loaded. Only the later, multiload games annoyed me.
I'm a freek too.
I go off the frequency of the beeps. They all mean something.
@Shatterhand: PSS made loads of games for the Speccy. Here are the search results at World of Spectrum
. They specialised in strategy games in later years.
@Akira: I would love to know what you make of the title tune on Manic Miner. I can't bear to listen to it for more than two seconds.