Meera wrote:Yeah, I was thinking of Egyptian because it is more useful ...
Depends on how you define 'useful'. If your goal is to just enjoy and understand Arabic media, Levantine's just as good a choice as Egyptian as there is no shortage of music, movies, TV shows, etc. in Levantine Arabic. If your goal is to travel in Arabic-speaking countries (outside of Egypt and the Levant) and speak Arabic, then Egyptian may be more useful as it is a bit more widely understood, although many people understand Levantine nowadays because of the growing popularity of Lebanese media and Syrian soap operas. But if your goal is to speak Arabic with Arabs in the United States, you're better off with Levantine, as the majority of US Arabs are from the Levant.
I'm not trying to discourage you from learning Egyptian - it's the colloquial dialect I chose to study as well, for its utility and because there seem to be better resources for it. But I think the widely-held belief that "Egyptian is the most useful dialect" is a bit exaggerated at times and should come with some qualifiers attached. Just food for thought.
Edit: I guess I was writing my post while you posted here, so my comments on Levantine media are probably redundant for you!