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Case Study

Volumio - Sound Streaming

We ❤️ open source – and music! That's why we wanted to help one of our favourite open source music streaming projects to raise up even more.
The Business Objectives

What do we want to achieve with this App? Which problems do we solve?

Music streaming is one of the key things people do these days. As the Raspberry Pi rised it was obvious that the world needs a "cheap" alternative to cost heavy streaming devices.
We want to enable everyone to be able to playback his music with the highest possible quality and with a state of the art experience.

4.5h

people listening to music / day

1.5Bn+

people streaming music

900+

stars on github
The target audience

Who did we build it for & which people do we target

It's very hard to define a target audience for this project since everyone loves music and nearly everyone streams it.
If we had to do so we would say it will be a person who did already use streaming services and who is now eager to setup/create his own infrastructure for it.
Scope of the review

What did we review exactly?

Open source reviews are completely free and only count towards Karma - they can be anything from a holistic approach to a fully fledged in-deep review. It's really up to the reviewer to decide the scope.
In this case we conducted a fully fledged in-deep review considering the whole user journey from first contact to playback and relaxation.
Who conducted the review:
Michael H.
PRO
🐧
UX/UI Designer
84
Crafting products that are loved by people.
Michael was part of over 50 StartUps and worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies to help them shape their products from a user centered perspective.

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The key findings

What did we advise Volumio to do?

Functionality wise we simply love the product. From an UI perspective it seems to be not so consistent tho. It lacks the integration of a proper design system.
We could reduce the interface to bring hierarchy across all views and enable people to focus on their current goal.
The UI could be a little bit more "modern" and lean more towards existing streaming software – since that's what our target audience is already used to.
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