Engaging with mobile music retrieval

Boland, D., McLachlan, R. and Murray-Smith, R. (2015) Engaging with mobile music retrieval. In: MobileHCI 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark, 24-27 Aug 2015, pp. 484-493. ISBN 9781450336529 (doi: 10.1145/2785830.2785846)

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This paper contributes novel measures of user engagement in mobile music retrieval, linking these to work in music psychology, and illustrating resulting design guidelines in a demonstrator system. The large music collections available to users today can be overwhelming in mobile settings, they offer ‘too-much-choice’ to users, who often resort to shufflebased playback. Work in music psychology has introduced the concept of music engagement – listeners vary in their desired control over their music listening, and engagement varies with listening context. We develop a series of metrics to capture music listening behaviour from users’ interaction logs. In a survey of 94 music listeners, we show significant correlations between music engagement from questionnaires and the presented quantitative metrics. We show how music retrieval can adapt to this engagement, developing a tabletbased demonstrator system, with an exploratory evaluation.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Murray-Smith, Professor Roderick and Boland, Mr Daniel
Authors: Boland, D., McLachlan, R., and Murray-Smith, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
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