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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...