Accoustic signals or music used to communicate to the user of an interface.

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Should we use a sound/jingle when users arrive on our site or open our app?

What is your opinion on having a sound jingle when starting the website or the app? Imagine hearing the brand name spelled out or sung out just once (5 seconds). The intention would be: evoking ...
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Should I add sound effects to my web site?

I'm considering adding sound effects for interaction on my site. I'm fond of the quick, < 1/4s sound effects on iPhones when sending mail, messaging, etc. I'm thinking it gives a nice, positive ...
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Should a mobile media app lower volume or pause?

When designing mobile media apps (specifically audio-only ones), what should they do when a notification comes in and phone volume is on? I noticed two different behaviors on my phone - Spotify will ...
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Is it recommended to play a sound for warning and error messages?

When you quit an application and it shows you a dialog box asking if you want to save or when you open a file and an error is encountered, some applications play a sound. By sounds I mean short, but ...
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Is there a standard for the frequencies and or duration used for beeps?

Is there a standard for the frequencies and or duration used for error or alert beeps? When I hear a ding or bing sound, I sometimes find that the frequency of the tone is too high or low (in my ...
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Does it make sense to put a prompt for sound or mute before a game is started?

I am building a game that is very sound-centric, but at the same time I recognize how annoying it is to be bombarded by unwanted noise. The problem with putting a mute/sound button in-game is that ...
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Why can't I set a real output volume on radios and TVs?

You all know the story. We're watching some TV-series in the evening, and when the commercial break comes the volume goes up 10 dB, or at least it feels that way some times. The same on commercial ...
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Why did dial up modems have speakers?

In the days of dial up, everyone was familiar with the cacophony that was emitted from the modem as it was dialing up (if you need a reminder, listen here). I know that those sounds were all ...
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Which are some examples of digital applications using sounds to enhance the user experience?

Reading The design of everyday things I got to the section Using sound for visibility where Norman, the author, explains some of the advantages and disadvantages of using sound: Sometimes things ...
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How to use repeatable alert sounds without driving the user crazy?

I'm making an app for a small business that alerts the user when they have a new order. It should play some kind of ding to get the user's attention. People will be using this app for eight hours a ...
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Why most of the microphones are placed on the left of headsets / headphones?

I've noticed that the mayority of the well-known brands (Sennheiser, Logitech, Plantronics, Razer, SteelSeries, Audio-Technica, Phillips, etc) tend to make headsets with the microphone on the left, is ...
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Why don't most smartphones have front facing speakers?

It would seem to be most practical to have front facing speakers (other then for calls). I can think of at least one model that has this, and I know the iphone has "bottom" facing speakers, but why ...
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Why do some webmasters INSIST on having auto-playing music elements on their webpages? [closed]

Is there any positive reason why someone might implement an auto-playing audio feature onto a webpage? I seem to see it all the time, especially on band pages and so on. The frustrating thing is ...
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Alerting a player that a game has started in another browser window

I have a web-based game for two players. When the first player enters, he/she has to wait for a second player to enter, which may take several minutes. I noticed that people get bored waiting, and ...
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Do users need 3 ways to change sound volume on their computer?

Virtually every video/audio software has volume controls. Why is software control needed if there exist two other controls: operating system and hardware volume controls? Is it better to remove ...
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Should the same sound be played for a valid and invalid touch?

I have a GPS device with a solely touch interface. From the beginning, I noticed I was having a hard time using it and I eventually realized why. Whenever the UI asks me to write something (like a ...
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Should my app's volume control be synchronized with the system or have its own range?

If a volume control in my app changes value, should it globally change the system volume or just for my application?
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The usefulness of home appliances sound notification?

In our homes we now have home appliances such as a dish washing machine, a microwave oven, a washing machine, a tumble drier. Every one of these appliances makes a little sound notification when it's ...
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Where are the most optimal places to put laptop speakers?

I got one of these computers for Christmas. Overall, I thought it was a pretty average laptop.... ...except for one thing, the speakers. The speakers are placed at the lower left and right hand ...