Authors:Thor Kell, Marcelo M. Wanderley
Publication or Conference Title:Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Sound and Music Computing (SMC2013)
We present a quantitative review of the mappings and metaphors used across the most popular musical iOS applications. We examined 337 applications in terms of both the metaphor they present to the user (piano, guitar, etc), and the exact nature of their mappings (pitch mapped horizon- tally, time mapped vertically, etc). A special focus is given to applications that do not present a well-known interaction metaphor to the user. Potential reasons for the popularity of certain metaphors are given. We further suggest that this data could be used to help explore the iOS design space, and offer some examples.