Music interaction trends in Finland: YouTube and Spotify

Lassi A. Liikkanen*

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    Music interaction refers to ways to produce, enjoy, and distribute music. The most common form of interaction is surely listening. Despite its popularity, it has received surprisingly little attention in human-computer interaction studies. In this paper, we describe two case studies that characterize music interaction with streaming services in Finland. We use both public and proprietary data to reveal novel insights about the present music consumption culture in Finland. We first compare two popular streaming music services, YouTube and Spotify. We look at the relative ranking of the most popular music across services and temporal access patterns. We find high correlations of popularity between the two services and consistent peak in listening indicators over Friday and Saturday. In the second part, we document some detailed statistics about user engagement with the most popular Finnish music on YouTube. For instance, we find a highly local audience (>90%) who on average retain their interest in the videos less than 70% of the total duration. We finally connect these findings to existing literature and the call for further qualitative research. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMINDTREK 2014 - Proceedings of the 18th International Academic MindTrek Conference: "Media Business, Management, Content and Services"
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450330060
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2014
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventMindTrek Conference - Tampere, Finland
    Duration: 4 Nov 20146 Nov 2014
    Conference number: 8


    ConferenceMindTrek Conference
    Abbreviated titleMINDTREK


    • Digital media
    • Digital video
    • Music interaction
    • Streaming music

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