Soundslike:archive design

MSX Music Design Website


Goals

Create a rich, interactive, special view that:


User Problem
 

Design Goals and Benefit
In my collection

Finding and collecting music quickly music I want
Recently Toby often changes a music collection to his device. It is much faster and easier to do it, because he uses "Soundslike" to collect the music that he likes and copy to device. He selects Nina Hagen and Alanis. Soundslike will collect the similar music that start with Nina Hagen and end with Alanis. He is amazing how it collects the music. Also the music is automatically ordered when Toby saves as playlist and send it to his device.

Browsing collection with fun: order and save music easily and quickly
Toby loves to browse and collect music with Soundslike, because it helps him to find and collect his favorite style of music putting together very easily and quickly. Also he enjoys to reorder the collections by size, duration,and using filter such as genre, mood, decade, and etc. He could transfer a new playlist to his device much faster and easiler while he was saving as a playlist in soundslike. He is also amazed that the list is automatically ordered by similarity. The soundslike would be a useful function when user is on the go and wants to quickly transfer music to a device like mp3 that have storage constraints. There is an easy to use slide bar that users can use to adjust the total time, size, and etc.

The soundslike provides rich presentation and direct manipulation interaction
Size and proximity to the selected items indicated how similar the contents are relative to each other. Users will see a rich view of the contents in their computer that are similar to the selcted item. They can browse the current contents richly by clicking on any contents and again LH will return users with similar albums by the selected one.

With Service

The soundslike is easy and fun to discover a new artist, album, music video, live concert video, interview, and radio station
Uers can also scope to all media content similar/related to the selected item. The interaction to find, collect, discover, and get information for music is very smooth, fun, and dynamic. People will be amazing how Lonhorn is smart and fills user's desire up. Uers could eaily expand their knowledge of new music market that they are interested in.

The soundslike uses audio fingerprint technology.
The Soundslike allows to find and browse for a similar music based on metadata. Through MSN techology to find a similar music that it would find to match the following;style-subgenre-genre-vocal code(gender) such as male, female, M & F duet, or nothing, and mood and rhythm. It would scan 128 elements and match to find similarity. DMD-AMG is looking for similarity based on album level, not track level. This is looking for Genre-subgenre-style. If you want to know more detail information, please contact John Platt. He works for MS reseach.

 


 
Design explorations
Concept 1

View 1:: This allows users to select an album and click on a task "show me all music that sounds like this"and we will return user with a rich view of all albums in his computer that are similar to the album selected.

view 2: Users also can save this view as a smart playlist.

view 3: You can browse here richly by clicking on any albums and again LH will return users with similar albums by the selected album.

view 4: LH will bring media contents up available from variety services such as WM.com.

 

Concept 2: What would be the essential tasks in the tool bar? preview a song/album, add to now playing, burn to a CD, save as a playlist or smart playlist? do we need a preview pane?

 

visual design 1: Orcahstra view I-the main selection is the middle and big. Would Other albums be the same size? or Is it important to keep size and proximity to the selected items indicated how similar the contents are relative to each other.

visual design 2: sound wave view-support rich tool tip when users hover on the object instead of full function of preview pane. If users want to see preview pane, they could change soundslike view to the list view

visual design 3: spirial view-users can drag and drop other album to the middle, and then the selection would reorder or change. Q: does a double click to play or reorder base on the item that a user selects? what happen with single click? It supports rich tool tip when users hover on the object instead of full function of preview pane. If users want to see preview pane, they could change soundslike view to the list view.

visual design 4: Orchastra view II: the visual layout of contents goes from left to right. It is a same concept with visual design1, but a different visual layout. It supports rich tool tip when users hover on the object instead of full function of preview pane. If users want to see preview pane, they could change soundslike view to the list view.

Entry point and layout:preview pane task, in the transport. Linear presentation would be intereting to approch like time line view or carousel view. ALso four quadrant is one of interesting views could present a specfic group by genre, mood, tempo, style, and etc.