SXSW Music 2014

Beyond the Play Button - The Future of Listening

35 years after the first Sony Walkman shipped, today's music player still has essentially the same set of controls as that original portable music player. Even though today's music player might have a million times more music than the cassette player, the interface to all of that music has changed very little.

In this talk we'll explore new ways that a music listener can interact with their music. First we will explore the near future where your music player knows so much about you, your music taste and your current context that it plays the right music for you all the time. No UI is needed.

Next, we'll explore a future where music listening is no longer a passive experience. Instead of just pressing the play button and passively listening you will be able to jump in and interact with the music. Make your favorite song last forever, add your favorite drummer to that Adele track or unleash your inner Skrillex and take total control of your favorite track.

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  1. For the passive music listener, how can we simplify and even eliminate the user interface of our music player?
  2. How can we understand a music listener's taste well enough to predict what they would like to listen to?
  3. How can we use a listener's current activity and context to help schedule music?
  4. For the active listener how can music listening be made more interactive?
  5. How can we use new hardware and software interfaces to help listeners explore for and discover new music?



Paul Lamere, Director of Developer Platform, The Echo Nest

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  • Event: Music
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