In public spaces like coffee bars, elevators or airport lounges there is big chance you'll hear music. Among many other factors, music can contribute in these places to a positive user experience. Question is, what is the right music on a given time and place? Is there such a thing as the perfect track for a crowd? And how do you know?
In the face of the digital evolution, individuals now have access to an endless stream of music. This changes the traditional concept of a collection, and as a side effect, its organizing principles. It raises the question what exactly is being organized when the collection is infinite and how relevant tracks are pulled out. But this is restricted mainly to individual headphone experience. What if we turn this into a loudspeaker situation and the individuals suddenly become a group with a shared context?
This presentation will discuss a conceptual model for streaming music in public spaces, which is in more general a talk about designing a user experience by showing the right stuff to the right group at any given time and space.