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Comments on: Average Rating vs. Popularity http://designnotes.info/?p=1178 Testing & Sprinting Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 By: Ray http://designnotes.info/?p=1178&cpage=1#comment-33757 Sun, 04 Nov 2007 22:57:20 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1178#comment-33757 The popularity strip is a better way for understanding what you are measuring (in this case popularity) in relation to the other songs. For the star ratings, it’s harder to do, although they do give you the average. The strip would definitely not work well if they were separated, and laid out like the stars. I agree with Mike Arauz, you get a lot more information from the strips quickly, but of course the stars and strips are measuring different things. I don’t think that showing the ratings in the strips format would be useful because you have potentially lots of comments, with a few choices to display.

By: Mark http://designnotes.info/?p=1178&cpage=1#comment-33552 Sat, 03 Nov 2007 15:11:09 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1178#comment-33552 popularity strip, and yes.

By: mike arauz http://designnotes.info/?p=1178&cpage=1#comment-33463 Fri, 02 Nov 2007 17:23:32 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1178#comment-33463 each has its uses.

i look at the popularity strip when i’m sampling music from an artist that’s new to me. i figure the best way for me to judge whether i’ll like the artist’s music, is to sample their most popular track first, and move on from there.

i don’t use the star rating very often, except to get a sense of the comparative quality of iMixes or “Essentials” collections.

one of the things that is great about the popularity strip is that it’s more nuanced. you can compare a broader range of offerings at a glance.

By: Wayne http://designnotes.info/?p=1178&cpage=1#comment-33458 Fri, 02 Nov 2007 17:05:17 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1178#comment-33458 Thinking of my own experience, I actually will use Netflix ratings more than most services – so something to look at. They have two different star-ratings which can be helpful.

By: Tom Cannon http://designnotes.info/?p=1178&cpage=1#comment-33455 Fri, 02 Nov 2007 16:53:46 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1178#comment-33455 On second view, I realize the iTunes has a star rating and it is customer ratings. Even with that it is customers giving their own critique. You can use popularity to get to a band or song and use the star rating to decide to buy.

The good thing about the “popularity” is you can quickly find a song by a band you like if you have heard it somewhere.

By: Tom Cannon http://designnotes.info/?p=1178&cpage=1#comment-33454 Fri, 02 Nov 2007 16:46:10 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1178#comment-33454 Usually star ratings are critic ratings, which I hold much higher than popularity. They are two different things. I wish on iTunes they had critics review the music with star ratings. I have a feeling the popularity and star rankings would not be in sync.

I would offer both.