May 1, 2014
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Begin edit: (John mentioned in class that we should document our pivots and any additional need-finding we did. This next section was added after deadline)
After M2, we felt that we did not yet have enough compelling needs that we were comfortable pursuing for M3. Therefore, we did about 15 more need-finding interviews. The result of that are two of the three prototypes in M3. We summarize those needs below.
Communication via music:
Communication to self:
User interacting with the homepage
User enters chat with John and listens to the song John sent. We act as the Wizard and plays the song from our iPhone.
User replies to John. We emphasize that the primary mode of communication is through music with a large music icon and no way to directly enter text. Some users found this feature confusing.
An option menu pops up asking user if they would like to include a song from their own collection, record music, or have the app suggest music.
If "choose music" is selected, then the user selects a music and can choose to embellish the music with their own thoughts or explanations. Every user who selected music chose to also include their thoughts (they wrote their thoughts in little dialogue boxes).
If "discover music" is selected, the user gets a message from Musichat with a suggested music. She can then listen to it before deciding whether to send that to her friend.
Finally, the user can also view and play the songs she has starred from shared playlists with all her friends. Here, she can get a sense for how her musical taste aligns with her friends. Listening to a song might remind her of past conversations around this song, or similar songs, with a particular friend and cause her, out of spontaneity, to chat with that friend again!