Amarok/Development/MediaDevice Sync URP

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Amarok: Media Device Sync User Research Profile

Amarok is a music player and manager. The Media Device (MD) Synchronization (sync) sub-feature allows users to synchronize their music collection on their computer (also referred to as the 'local collection') with their media devices (ipod, other mp3 players, etc). Synchronize means easily and automatically (optional) copy all or a subset of their local collection to a device. The MD sync feature's primary goal is to make the process of choosing this subset of tracks/playlists easy.

Who is the application for?

  • List of types (groups) of users
  • User groups can be organized based on any type of dimension
  • Some groups may be broken down in to sub groups
  • Any user who wants to copy music to their media device
    • Users whose local music collection might be larger than the capacity of their device, and therefore need to choose a subset of tracks from their local collection.
      • Some of these may want to choose everything manually
      • Others will want to have most of the work done for them (e.g., my most frequently listened to artists.)
  • Frequent podcast/audiobook listeners

Who is the application not for

  • Sometimes it is easy to identify who the application is not for
  • This can help keep the scope of the project under control
  • Users without media devices.

Sample User Profiles

User Profile 1: For each group of users identified (or primary groups, or particularly special groups if many groups are defined), write a description of that user's characteristics based on a real user you know.

Amy - 16

An American teenage girl who loves using her ipod when she is out with her other typically teenaged friends. She doesn't see the need in keeping your collection organized (nor her bedroom for that matter), so she tends to have all her music dumped into various playlists with such spontaneous names as Untitled Playlist 1, 2, 3, and 4. She wants her ipod to automatically mirror her computer in terms of these playlists, though if you ask her she'd say, "Well, like, I just want my ipod to, like, have my playlists.".

Her attention span is short and her threshold for frustration is very low, so she will absolutely not do a bunch of configuring to set her ipod up.

John - 24

A podcast fanatic, John starts every day with a large french press and BBCs daily morning podcast. Throughout the day John almost always has his earbuds in listening to some podcast or another, whether he's in the subway or in his cubicle at a large tech company. He wants his portable media device to always have his latest subscriptions. He has some music for those days when he runs out of podcasts early, but by-and-large he wants his podcasts to be synchronized hassle free.

Since he uses several different computers throughout the day, he also wants his playback positions saved and synchronized via his device, so he does not have to seek to his position in a 70 minute podcast.

Chris - 34

Chris has a huge music collection. Huge, mainly because he's a self labeled music connoisseur. He is the guy who seems to be going to every concert - the big ones and the obscure live music shows in dingy dive bars. The social web has helped him discover even more music he loves, and with his large disposable income his collection just keeps growing.

He's resigned himself to the fact that he'll not find a media device large enough to hold all of his music. But, he concedes, "I'm never listening to all my music at any one period anyway, just the latest genre or group of artists I'm in to.", he explains in a matter of fact tone. The trick, he realized, is to identify which music he'll want to listen to out on the road, and sync just those tracks.

Of course Chris is a busy guy, so he can't be bothered to track his own listening habits and manually tick off artists/albums from a list of thousands. He expects Amarok to help him out here, though he is willing to put in a little time to tweak his synch results to just the way he wants it.

What kinds of tasks will they complete

  • List of common tasks users will complete
  • This does not have to be a complete functional specification, but major tasks and specialty tasks should be listed
  • Include functionality that is planned but not yet implemented to help keep the future in focus
  • Choose specific Genres/Artists/Albums/Tracks to have automatically synced.
  • Choose whether (and which) podcasts/audiobooks should be synced.
  • Choose subsets of music to sync via "smart" options such as "Fill my ipod with the music I've listened to the most in the bast 6 months" or "Never before listened to music"

What kinds of functionality will the application not support

  • Unknown

Sample Use Scenarios and Cases

Use Scenario 1: For each task identified (or major tasks, or particularly special tasks if many tasks are defined), write a description of how that user would accomplish the task independent of how they would complete it within the application.

Use Case 1: If a use scenario has been implemented, include a matching use case which describes how the task use scenario can be completed in the application. There may be branching or multiple ways to complete the task, and this is a good way to document it.

Use Scenario 1

Environment Conditions & Requirements

  • List of environmental conditions for the user or the application to consider
  • For example, an Internet-capable application would require an Internet connection

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