Exploring Personal Music Collection Behavior

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10647)


In this paper we describe the results of an ethnographic exploration of personal music collection behavior, focusing on music media and formats, collection organization schemes, and approaches to music acquisition and use. The question of when a song becomes ‘mine’—that is, part of a personal collection—is surprisingly difficult to answer given the advent of music streaming services, the adoption of distributed collection schemes, and the ephemeral nature of other common music sources.


Music behavior Ethnography Collection organization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Waikato UniversityHamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Independent ScholarHamiltonNew Zealand

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