Freedom of choice: examining music listening as a function of favorite music format

Brown, S.C., and Krause, A.E. (2020) Freedom of choice: examining music listening as a function of favorite music format. Psychomusicology, 30 (2). pp. 88-102.

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With so many formats available for individuals to use to listen to music, the present research adopted a Uses and Gratifications approach to investigate why people prefer particular formats. Specifically, the present study considered six formats: physical, digital file, freestreaming, paid-for streaming, radio, live music. A sample of 396 people (Mage = 34.53) completed an online survey, detailing the reasoning for their favourite format via a free-text response. Live music and digital files were the most popular formats. A thematic analysis of the uses and gratifications pertaining to each format highlighted how participants were attuned to the advantages (and disadvantages) of different formats, demonstrating an awareness of, and consideration relative to, rival formats. Findings suggest that choosing to listen to music across different formats may satisfy different needs, and that people demonstrate an awareness of their preference relative to the other available options.

Item ID: 62724
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2162-1535
Keywords: music preferences, listening, music format, everyday music listening, digital revolution
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Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2020 22:29
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