BusBuzz: Social Music on the Bus

"BusBuzz us an app that creates ad-hoc music networks with the people around you."

The BusBuzz project was developed by students during the Spring of 2012, Design Without Boundaries class. The end result was the BusBuzz mobile app, a location-based social music application designed for the public buses of Istanbul.

Music is a pervasive, integral part of our lives and a fundamental expression of culture. Many of our most special moments are associated with music, and these moments are better when shared with friends. In today’s fast-paced life, however, people have been increasingly solitary in their music experience. With hectic, difficult-to-coordinate schedules, not everyone has the time to slow down and enjoy music with friends. With the digital music revolution, people have increased access to all kinds of music (Youtube, iTunes, Spotify, Grooveshark, Pandora, Last FM, etc). However, one of the main issues in music applications isn’t granting people access to music, but to bring back the social aspect of the music experience.

The app aggregates the users’ music preferences and creates a dynamic playlist. This playlist is like a jukebox, played in real time and specific to each bus. BusBuzz’s mission is to create a fun and engaging experience for the commuters by allowing them to discover and share music with others on their bus.  Our hope is that, by creating a fun and engaging ridership experience, BusBuzz will make public transportation more attractive and promote Istanbul as a fun, playful and sustainable city.