Over the winter break I observed how music is listened to within different social environments. I noted some distinctive differences in each environment.
- Popular tracks that everyone recognised.
- Music played from several devices (mostly iPods or iPhones).
- Music played through a docking station with speakers.
- These devices were swapped when one did not contain a specific track.
- Device was never left unattended.
- No audio quality complaints.
- Occasional queue to put on a specific track.
- Conversations regarding the current track.
- Healthy and fun arguments over which track should be next.
- Boisterous and loud environment.
- New music that people wanted to share.
- Devices tended to be laptops.
- Music was played from inbuilt laptop speakers.
- Music often played from YouTube with emphasis that the video should be watched as well.
- Other members of the group were reminded of other track when listening to another.
- Something else normally playing in the background (TV, Movie or Console Game).
- Relaxed and quiet environment.
I’m still waiting on my cultural probes to be returned and to conduct a several informal interviews which will hopefully yield more information.