(One day exercise)

_DSC0003 _DSC0002 _DSC0001 _DSC0005Second exercise is to understand a system.

It can be either an open system, closed system, virtual, physical, public domain, small scale, perishable short period system or some thing that has lasted for centuries.

For our exercise we chose Spotify.

Spotify is a commercial music streaming service. It provides Digital Rights Management protected content from record labels. It was launched for public access on 7 October 2008. It originated from Sweden. Developed by a team at Spotify AB in Stockholm. Company founded by Daniel EK and Martin Lorentzon.

So we basically mapped information taking Spotify as a starting point. Zooming out and looking at music distribution at a macro level. Understanding has it has changed over the period of time. Also mapping anything and everything relevant to the back hand system of Spotify to provide uninturrepted streaming of online music. And not let it get labelled as music piracy. It is still in a grey area of whether it is a fair trade for the music artists or not. Thus making this a very interesting topic to map.

This exercise of mapping covers as much information that could be mapped. From its origin and what led to the concept of Spotify. The actual system of online streaming of music through your account in the countries where Spotify is available. Also the laws that allow online streaming of music in particular countries. And why other countries do not allow. Things like news articles about Spotify. Experiences of users and also point of views of music artists and Music labels. And everything was varied. Everyone had different views. Information from info graphics comparing Spotify to other means of music distribution. Monetary issues, moral and ethical issues, political issues, cultural and social issues related to this whole trend of music streaming. Also mapping all the stakeholders that are affected by this system.

The objective of this exercise was to apply information mapping of an existing system and understand the complexities of a system and the layers of information that is related to the system. And interlinking of subjects of that system.


HowStuffWorks “How Spotify Works”

HowStuffWorks “How the Pirate Bay Works”

Spotify – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Digital rights management – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Utah Local News – Salt Lake City News, Sports, Archive – The Salt Lake Tribune

How Spotify’s Business Works – Business Insider

How Spotify Works – Business Insider

How Spotify Works – Business Insider

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BBC News – Spotify launches US streaming music service

Spotify Technology: How Spotify Works | Pansentient League


How Does Spotify Pay Artists? Interview with Spotify’s D.A. Wallach | Music Business and Trend Mongering

Why Spotify Doesn’t Make Sense for Musicians: 70,000 Listens Earns Less Than $300 – Robinson Meyer – The Atlantic

spotify backend process – Google Search

backend services | Spotify Labs

Backend Infrastructure Engineer – Jobs – Spotify

Spotify: Data center & Backend buildout

Spotify: Horizontal scalability for great success — EuroPython 2013: Florence, July 1–7

Python Programming Language – Official Website

spotify legal issues – Google Search

Spotify v illegal downloads: Free but legal | The Economist

Is Spotify unfair to musicians? | The Audiophiliac – CNET News

3 Reasons Spotify May Never Be the OS of Music – MTT – Music Think Tank

Daily Infographic | A New Infographic Every Day | Data Visualization, Information Design and Infographics


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