Link to Digital Artefact: https://yourtunes.tumblr.com
- Spotify: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/spotify-vs-itunes-2012-2#spotify-is-just-like-itunes-except-you-dont-need-to-buy-any-songs-all-you-do-is-pay-a-small-monthly-fee-to-use-the-service-its-499-per-for-desktop-only-access-999-per-month-gives-you-access-to-the-mobile-app-for-your-smartphone
Understanding what apps/sources to utilise throughout my digital artefact are important in ensuring the best quality work. After researching options for this project, through persuasive arguments, this business insider article highlights why the music application ‘Spotify’ would be the best option to capture my vision. The argument of this apps simple to navigate design and accessibility really helps to ensure that visitors are able to enjoy the content, rather than being confused on where to find it, leading to a more enjoyable experience.
- Benefits of Music: http://www.nafme.org/20-important-benefits-of-music-in-our-schools/
Before my starting my project, I knew I wanted to incorporate music. Another major source that helps support my artefact is background knowledge of music and its benefits, focusing on how it can assist students due to the amount of accessibility they have to these platforms. Being an online source, the accessibility to this website makes it easy for myself to discover different ways my digital artefact and the music I’m selecting can benefit listeners. For example, motivational songs to prepare for exams.
- Tumblr: http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/2836-5-Good-Reasons-to-Use-Tumblr
After more research and reviewing my idea, I realised that Spotify as a sole platform wouldn’t be enough to capture the vision I had for this project. I then decided to implement the platform of Tumblr into my digital artefact. I found that Tumblr provides interactive for the audience and myself as a creator. With visually engaging media through photo’s, gifs, and videos, through this platform posts can accompany my playlists to support each themes for each week, for example Throwback Tunes Playlist could feature reblogs of artists performing from that decade/time.
- Submissions: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/set-up-ask-tumblr-48342.html
Through utilising the tips from this source I was able to set up a submission page within my Tumblr for my digital artefact. With the public’s ability to send in their own content, this allows the audience to interact with one another by sharing their music taste, artist and genres moving the audience from passive to active consumers. I have found that this aspect of my page allows me to interact with the audiences, creating a deeper understanding on what they would like to hear.
- Spotify Discount: https://news.spotify.com/us/2014/03/25/the-student-discount-is-here/
When contrasting my digital artefact, accessibility was an important factor contributing to which music platform I would create and present my playlists. Due to my project being accessible to many students, I wanted other ways in which students would be drawn to visiting my site and accessing my work. Researching deeper into music platforms, this source highlighted that Spotify was a great option due to its student discount and user-friendly layouts. Through discounted prices, this will generate a wider range of audience to my site, as people are more likely to this use the Spotify platform compared to others like ‘Apple Music’.
- Tips for A Successful Tumblr: http://www.creativebloq.com/tumblr/secrets-successful-tumblr-blog-3132101
As my digital artefact has submission aspects, this source provides information on how to run a successful Tumblr blog. As a platform, Tumblr provides a simple and highly effective way to share ideas, inspirational concepts and to showcase awesome work to a thriving design community. However, with a number of Tumblr blogs approaching high followers, with the tips taken from this source such as having a good focus, theme, layout etc., this will ensure people do visit my site so I’m not ‘lost’ amongst other blogs.
- Tips for Successful Playlists: http://techlife.samsung.com/tips-creating-perfect-music-playlist-1323.html
Like Tumblr, I felt it was important to research into what makes a successful playlist, as it is a key component of my digital artefact. This source provided great tips on improving my work including knowing my audience, knowing what theme do to for certain week, the length and order of a playlist and many more. I enjoyed this source as it not only provided ideas in improving my page, but it also highlighted the positive aspects of including submissions throughout my project, as it already provides audiences with music they know there are going to enjoy, thus leading to a more visits and submissions.
- How To Grow An Audience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2r4tlAZsUk
Although YouTube video is not professionally produced, I felt like it was important to find sources from other bloggers with real experiences. The source looks at a blogger that shares tips in gaining an audience and producing high quality content. Throughout the video she demonstrated ways to engage an audience and techniques to gaining an understanding of what is necessary having a successful blog. Implementing these tips, including expressing passions, maintaining activity and finding a target audience will all help to ensure my digital artefact provides audiences with enjoyable content, which is my main goal for this project.
- YouTube (Top Music): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-9-kyTW8ZkZNDHQJ6FgpwQ/featured
This sources provides YouTube’s top tracks and popular hits from a variety of genres. This is an important source to look at when creating playlists and narrowing down which songs to select for each theme. The accessibility of this website makes it easy to see what people are listening to the most through trending and highly viewed videos/ audio tracks. As certain songs are a trending topic within this site, utilising the data of these videos popularity, when incorporated into my own playlists and blog, this will drive audiences to have a more enjoyable experience when reviewing my digital artefact as they know they will enjoy the selection of music before even visiting site.
- Most Popular Spotify Playlists: http://gizmodo.com/these-are-the-25-most-popular-spotify-playlists-510275721
Part of the beauty of Spotify is the ability to share and create playlists. This source provides a list of the most popular playlists created on Spotify, displaying what songs make popular compilation. Utilising this source will give me the opportunity to see the construction of other playlists and theme titles giving me inspiration on tips as well as what makes it successful. Through selecting songs from these playlists this ensure that the audience have a positive reaction what is created, as the popularity of these playlist have proven to work in giving audiences songs they would enjoy for certain themes.