Popular music playback software is designed for accessing music libraries by search queries or playlists. Nowadays, quick growing digital music collections are often exceeding the size the user can cope with. About two-thirds of an average digital music collection is almost unheard. Those rarely played tracks are overlooked and hard to recognize with state-of-the-art software players.
Adopt-A-Song is an iTunes plugin that takes care of the unattended songs. By providing alternative visualizations it becomes visible which songs are unheard or rarely played. If a song is unheard for a longer time, it will be put up for adoption on a corresponding website. This song will be advertised online, until a new owner is found, who offers to bring attention to the song. Once the new owner accepts the adoption, the song (and corresponding DRM-rights) will be transferred. iTunes will still display the “abandoned” songs to remind the former user of his own solicitousness.
By visualizing one’s behavior, the user is motivated to rethink the usage and content of his own digital music library. By removing the songs from the music collection, the user is actively motivated to change his behavior. Adopt-A-Song aims to facilitate a focused, selected and qualitative music consumption.