Case studies

Spotify app vs. Yandex.Music app

Setup the Context

Imagine you are a member of a Product Team who develop a mobile app for listening music. And when your app plays music it has a widget on a lock-screen of smartphone.

Below are screenshots with the widgets of two different music apps: Spotify (on the left) and Yandex.Music (on the right) displayed on the locked screens of iOS device:

Spotify on iOS Yandex.Music on iOS

See a little difference in controls between these 2 widgets? Yandex.Music app (on the right) has no "back" button. Instead it has some looking like "menu" icon there.

Example of UX problem

What will happen if we tap on this "menu" button?

Spotify on iOS Spotify on iOS

Oh, this is "likes and dislikes" menu with an indication if track is already liked! So now we see that Yandex.Music Product Development Team of mobile app for iOS changed "back" icon for their "locked screen" widget to "likes menu" button...

Why did they do that?!

Product Marketing Analytics doesn't work here

In this example it has to be clear, that this Product decision:

— was not driven by Product Marketing Analytics. It just couldn't because Product Marketing Analytics only shows if customers use the whole thing, where do they come from, what OS do they have, what is their screen size, to they spend time on the screen, do they convert (not applicable here), etc. — that kind of staff.

It had to be something different behind the decision there. And it was.

Product UX Analytics

Yandex.Music Product Team used Product UX Analytics for their iOS mobile app. And it shown them, that users of their mobile app almost never used "back" button on the "locked screen" widget of their app (compared to usage volume of other controls on that widget). Product UX Analytics data shown them "rarely used element on the screen". This was quantitative analysis.

At the same time during their regular interviews with the users they found a very strong demand for two Job Stories:

(1) When I work and listen to music on my smartphone and I hear a song which I like, then I want to "like" it — to save it to my "likes" list and to let the app know my music preference. And I want to do it fast and easy in order not to get distracted from the context of my work.

(2) When I work and listen to music on my smartphone and I hear a song which I don't like, then I want to "dislike" it — to let the app know my music preference. And I don't want just to skip the song, but I want to "dislike" to let the app know it. And I want to do it fast and easy in order not to get distracted from the context of my work.

This was qualitative analysis: understanding users/customers/players problems and jobs stories through the interviews.

Now Product Development Team, as a result of their quantitative and qualitative analysis, make a bold data-driven decision: they replace least used "back" button of the widget with their proposed solution for "like/dislike track somehow fast and easy" problem.

App's users still can "go back" within currently playing track (1) by manually dragging track bar back or (2) by using "back" button or gesture on their headphones. It still works. But now they have a solution for "like/dislike track fast" with no need to unlock the phone, to open the music app, to find "like/dislike" button and tapping on it — i.e. with no need to distract from their work.

This is a simple example of data-driven decision for mobile app UX.

And where it all goes to?

Such Product UX Analytics approach if it is practiced regularly leads us to dramatic difference in UX/CX/PX for the Products that we create.

For example, take a look at "good morning" screens for Spotify app (on the left) and for Yandex.Music app (on the right):

Spotify on iOS Spotify on iOS

See how much clear UI and UX of the Yandex.Music app's screen compared to overloaded by the elements Spotify app's screen? No distractions on Yandex.Music app's screen!

And the difference is not only on UI! It is under the hood as well! "Play My Vibe" button in the center appeared because there are no pre-generated playlists — Yandex.Music app generates playlists on-fly based on your likes and dislikes:

Thanks to this approach Yandex.Music app easily adjusts currently played music to your current mood and you like it!

But it doesn't stop here and leads us even further in UX improvements!

As Yandex.Music Product Team have freed their resources from making, testing and supporting unused elements, they could concentrate their efforts on solving real problems for their customers.

Guess what a "bear" icon in the bottom navigation bar means?:

Spotify on iOS

It is Audiobooks for kids, guys:

Spotify on iOS

Yandex.Music Product Development Team for iOS made a great app not only for Music, but also for another "popular audio-things": Podcasts and Audiobooks. And it made their app trully outstanding mobile app for Audio in the market today.

Can you imagine Job Stories for making a "bear" icon for Audiobooks for children in their music app?

(1) When I want to turn on an Audiobook for my children in the evening, I don't want to search for Audiobooks in the app. I want they to be available instantly, being saved from our yesterday listening, having options to choose what to listen tomorrow...

(2) When my child wants to listen an Audiobook, she opens Yandex.Music app, taps a "bear" icon made especially for her and starts choosing what she would like to listen to — instantly and safe...

See the difference in outcome when we have resources to think about such customers problems and have chance to embrace them and build the best from UX/CX/PX point of view apps on the Planet? Product UX/CX/PX Analytics apps — are in a row of tools that help us to prevent wasting our resources on doing something useless — and to concentrate on doing meaningful.

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