Understanding the Sociality of Experience in Mobile Music Listening with Pocketsong

Kirk, David, Durrant, Abigail, Wood, Gavin, Leong, Tuck Wah and Wright, Peter (2016) Understanding the Sociality of Experience in Mobile Music Listening with Pocketsong. In: Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems - DIS '16. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 50-61. ISBN 978-1-4503-4031-1

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Music listening practices are changing. Mobile, networked devices now offer rich opportunities not just for personal music consumption but also for personally broadcasting music and for sharing digital meta-data concerning tastes, preferences and general listening habits. However, experiences of music listening and sharing on the move and how this has been impacted by developments in mobile technology remain under-explored. In this paper we present an empirical study of the sociality of mobile music experiences, "in the wild", using a new location-based mobile music-sharing application (Pocketsong), designed as a technology probe. We report users' experiences of Pocketsong (distilled from interviews), and critically examine the affordances of mobile music applications, the sociality of sharing and "co-listening", and the relationships between digitally-mediated mobile music consumption and self-expression. Based upon this we reflect upon the interaction design challenges of developing mobile music technologies that work in digitally-mediated social spaces.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 11:24
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 11:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37068

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