community team notes 3/17/2022
@KallieMarie and i had a great check in today and brought up a lot of questions that have been coming up on this thread.
see below for notes and for questions that we still need answers/more clarity for.
thank you @KallieMarie for typing these notes!
Remaining questions around the stream to own model. Two categories, from listener and from artist.
From Listener perspective: How many streams to own? What is own defined as?
(Should own be redefined perhaps as unlimited access, if they aren’t able to down load. Will they be able to download?)
How many streams to equal a dollar given to artist?
From Artist Perspective: Where can music/maker/artist see their streams, their earnings, and where do they access their funds?
download now and stream to own
Perhaps a way to clarify this for listeners and creators is to offer a flexible model, whereby there are options for owning and streaming. This might look like: 1) Listener can choose to stream an MP3 and after so many streams, it unlocks access to the higher quality lossless file (Wav. Aiff. Flac.) and then they can download if they wish, but equally now have unlimited access to stream, with no further cost. The artist could also have other things that are unlocked at after a certain stream count that gives the listener access to videos, album art download etc.
At the same time there could also be an option for a listener to skip past streaming counts, if they know enthusiastically that they really like the artist and want to go directly to unlock/buy which gives them the files etc immediately, and they pay upfront.
artists toggle options to be able to turn on/off downloading
Furthermore, it might be good to allow artists control over how their content is delivered, and managed. For example, allowing artists to toggle on or off the download access. Perhaps the artist only wants it to be streamable, and not downloadable. There might be a variety of reasons that an artist would choose this option. It could be used in promotional ways, to say “Hey we have a new release, and for the next two weeks or 24 hours you can go buy/own get the music/art etc” or another reason an artist might choose to only have it as a streamable option is perhaps they are concerned about NFT theft, or perhaps they lack bandwidth to send the larger files (uncompressed etc) for download. This lets people with less technological access still participate in having their MP3 streamed, even if they dont have the time, means, or access to get the larger files over… yet. Simply put it gives more options for artists to manage their catalogue.
Because of app development, it would also be good to be mindful of keeping download options flexible for those that are engaging with Resonate from their mobile devices. Allowing a download of an MP3 is also important, for storage or file size. Or for listeners to toggle it off so they dont auto download when they are using the app. (So this would likely need to be an app feature that is listener facing.)
On the topic of artist discovery, there are a few areas that might be useful, engaging and fun.
For example allowing listeners to proudly display either artists they support, or releases they own on their dashboard would be an engaging way to drive community engagement, exploration, and artist discovery. This could be a feature that listeners can toggle on or off. Perhaps they unlock badges the more artists/ releases they support/own?
Lastly, another feature, that would potentially be engaging is the have an animated Resonate icon that moves (Resonates) when there is some one who has similar music tastes to you, alerting listeners to potential discovery or potentially a new friend! This could work in app and or desktop where it shows perhaps others that are currently streaming the same as you, or streaming/owning things similar to your tastes, allowing listeners to engage with each other and drive discovery and community.
be able to download mp3s in mobile app.
might be cool to toggle on or off, show library on listener profiles (might be cool for others to see who they’re listening to)
make friends, discover artist from other listeners.