Bandcamp Playlists

The Basics

Playlist Information

Hover over playlists to see more information and actions.
  • Playlist metrics: play count, number of subscribers, comments, shares, other interesting things
  • In-list “Add” Button: Even though I included an “add songs” link in the management actions to the right of the list, the inline affordance might be more intuitive and user-friendly.
  • List Management Actions: The share link follows the same pattern as Bandcamp’s existing share link found on album pages. The “add songs” link could be eliminated if A/B testing revealed that the in-list button is used more frequently.

Track Management

The dotted outline indicates the song’s original position in the playlist. The bar indicates the insertion point.

Site Integration

Seeing the playlist length count increase after adding the song provides implicit action conformation.
  • Add to the most recently accessed playlist
  • Create and add to a new playlist
  • Add to other playlists

What do you think?

  • My music listening experience is “album-only” right now. Playlists give me the option to listen based on mood, genre, event, etc.
  • I have almost 300 items in my collection. Playlists provide a way to rediscover lost favorites and keep the collection fresh.
  • Similar to the wishlist, I can use a playlist to track potential purchases…but at a more granular level.
  • Artists get increased exposure through an additional avenue of user access to their music.
  • Playlists will bolster social interaction and increase engagement.
  • People will spend more time at Bandcamp.
  • Incorporate a random generator. Use AI to perform sentiment and tone analyses to create interesting playlists.
  • Kick it old-school and allow people to transfer playlists to cassettes.
  • Surface metrics to the artists, such as what playlists their songs appear in and listening patterns.
  • Deepen social engagement on the site by promoting popular playlists.
  • Feature guest DJs who create themed playlists.

Thanks for reading y’all!

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