This paper looks at the (back to 2005) emergent music sharing phenomenon as characterized by the use of iTunes. To understand such practices, they interviewed 13 people around this topic and extract certain interesting issues about music sharing. They further summarize these findings into some higher-level terms and translate them into design implications.
- To foster ‘discovery’ (esp. as in this paper, the emerging music sharing phenomenon), it really helps to organize the interview data into individual cases, then firstly summarizing what they are and further theorize these summaries.
- The merit of such kinds of work mostly lie in, as stated in the paper, understanding users’ underlying motivations. Without such kinds of work, what we see are either superficial or scattered or both.