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Music eScape aims to help users manage their mood using music. The app will create a “mood map” of the music stored on a user’s phone by tagging each song with a mood. Users then have the opportunity to review the tags assigned by the app and retag songs as needed. Music eScape then creates playlists for different moods and situations, such as “cheer up,” “wake up,” and “focus.” Users can also create their own playlists. Additionally, the interface allows users to draw a path from their current mood to a preferred mood, directing Music eScape to craft a playlist to effect a desired change in mood.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 3.57/5.00

Overall Score: 10/14

Research Base: 2/3
Research Funding: 2/2
Proposed Intervention: 2/3
Consumer Ratings: 2/3
Clinical Input in Development: 0/1
Software Support: 2/2

Date of Rating: March 2018


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User Experience

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Transparency

Overall Score: Questionable

Overall Score: Questionable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:Yes
Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts/de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes


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More Information

Available For: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Developer: Queensland University of Technology
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness
Targeted Conditions: Not Specified
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjuction with a healthcare provider: No
Cost: Free
Get it on: iTunes

Research on this App

Music eScape was investigated in a randomized controlled trial of 164 participants, aged 16-25, with at least mild levels of psychological distress. Participants were assigned to either an immediate or delayed-access group; the immediate group downloaded Music eScape immediately after baseline assessments, and were asked to use the app over a one month period, with weekly reminder text messages. The delayed access group received access to the app after one month. Thereafter, all participants completed online follow-up surveys at 1, 2, 3 and 6 months post-baseline. All measures (of technology use, psychological distress, wellbeing and perceived app quality and utility) improved subsequent to baseline, however, there were no significant differences in this improvement between the two groups at 1 month follow-up.