UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 19 July: Ofer Bergman, Collecting Music in the Streaming Age
Ofer Bergman, Bar-Ilan University


UCLIC Research Seminar 19 July: Ofer Bergman, Collecting Music in the Streaming Age

Recording of Talk

A recording of this talk is available on the UCLIC YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/cV3HdiBWWCA


Since Thomas Edison invented the gramophone, and for over one hundred years, the activities of privately listening to music and collecting it have been inseparable. Streaming music applications allow users to collect any amount of music (e.g., by "liking" songs) at no additional cost. On the other hand, streaming apps also allow their users to listen to music they like without first collecting it, making collecting voluntary for the first time in the history of music consumption. Do people collect more or less songs after crossing over to streaming technology? And how does this effect their listening enjoyment? In the talk, I will attempt to answer these questions by reporting on three studies we had recently conducted: a qualitative study, a questionnaire, and a controlled experiment. I will conclude with design implementations.


Ofer Bergman is an Associate Professor at the Information Science Dept., Bar-Ilan University and one of the leading researchers in the field of Personal Information Management. He had published over 50 papers in the field, including a book published by MIT Press and a neurocognitive study published by Nature Scientific Reports. He received several grants and awards including two Google Faculty Awards and two Israel Science Foundation grants. Collecting music is his old hobby and new research obsession.