Sanfilippo, KRM, Spiro, N, Molina-Solana, M and Lamont, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4113-1018 (2020) Do the shuffle: Exploring reasons for music listening through shuffled play. PLoS One, 15 (2).

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Abstract

Adults listen to music for an average of 18 hours a week (with some people reaching more than double that). With rapidly changing technology, music collections have become overwhelmingly digital ushering in changes in listening habits, especially when it comes to listening on personal devices. By using interactive visualizations, descriptive analysis and thematic analysis, this project aims to explore why people download and listen to music and which aspects of the music listening experience are prioritized when people talk about tracks on their device. Using a newly developed data collection method, Shuffled Play, 397 participants answered open-ended and closed research questions through a short online questionnaire after shuffling their music library and playing two pieces as prompts for reflections. The findings of this study highlight that when talking about tracks on their personal devices, people prioritise characterizing them using sound and musical features and associating them with the informational context around them (artist, album, and genre) over their emotional responses to them. The results also highlight that people listen to and download music because they like it-a straightforward but important observation that is sometimes glossed over in previous research. These findings have implications for future work in understanding music, its uses and its functions in peoples' everyday lives.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final manuscript and information can be found at; https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/peerReview?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0228457
Uncontrolled Keywords: music, listening.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2020 12:08
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2020 09:51
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/7619

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