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1 Downloading music and videos from the Internet: a study of the accessibility of TPB and the iTunes Store Presentation at Umeå University January 24, 2007 David Furendal david.furendal@gmail.com

2 Background Downloading of music and videos from the Internet has become incredible popular! Can systems for downloading these files be used by people with disabilities? Idea: –Study two of the most popular systems. –What are the strengths and weaknesses in the accessibility of each system?

3 Accessibility Describes to what degree a system is usable for as many people as possible without modification. Computer users are getting older… Assistive technologies.

4 The Pirate Bay The world's largest BitTorrent tracker. In January, 2007 the worlds 268th most visited web site with 1 418 296 registered users. Many torrents points to copyrighted material. Free of use.

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6 The iTunes Store The first really successful online digital music store. Started by Apple computers in 2003. Over 3.5 billion songs sold and a market share of 88% in the US. Offers download of music, video and audio books.

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8 Material Systems evaluated –iTunes 7.0.2.16 –The Pirate Bay 2.0 Computer –Dell Inspiron 6400, laptop with 15.4 screen Operating system –Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2. Web browsers –Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.11 –Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.1 –Opera 9.10 BitTorrent clients –uTorrent 1.6, English version –Opera 9.10 Screen magnifier –Microsoft magnifier Screen reader –JAWS v7.10.452 Other tools –Colorblind Web Page Filter –The W3C Markup Validation Service –The WC CSS Validation Service

9 Method Five fictitious characters with different disabilities was created using Personas. The study were made by using the systems in the same way as the users would do. + Material written by people with disabilities + Scientific work

10 Yuriko, a 21 year old woman who is blind Background: –Yuriko studies history of science at the University of Kyoto. She has been blind her whole life. She loves listening to music and playing the piano… –She uses Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 and the screen reader JAWS v7.10.452

11 Yuriko, a 21 year old woman who is blind Result: –The Pirate Bay possible to use thanks to the simple design and the use of valid XHTML. –The iTunes Store is impossible to use. iTunes is one of the most difficult pieces of software to use. This is because it uses non-standard windows controls to display and manage items, and so screen reading technology does not stand a chance of reading the screen contents. Even the application's menu bar is inaccessible (Brian Hartgen, 2007)

12 Summary of the result The Pirate BayThe iTunes Store Low visionGood accessibilityPoor accessibility BlindnessGood accessibilityNo accessibility DyslexiaPoor accessibilityGood accessibility Color BlindnessGood accessibility DeafnessGood accessibilityNo accessibility Motor impairmentPoor accessibility

13 Discussion Method. Why is the accessibility of TPB good? Why is the accessibility of the iTunes Store so poor? Future systems…

14 Questions?


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