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choosing music[NO LONGER WORKS] Songvote is a cool new free service where you can easily get an idea of what your party music playlist should sound like based on guests choosing the music. The main premise behind Songvote is that the invitees of a party/event should have a say in what music is played at the party.

Guests choosing music is an interesting idea, and Songvote actually does a good job of it. So without much ado, let’s get down to songvoting.

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First of all, as with any new service, you have to go through the customary sign-up. Luckily for you, Songvote has a very pleasant (read short) sign-up experience. Once through with the sign-up confirm your identity by clicking on the activation email in your inbox.

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Once you are done with verifying who you are, it’s time to let the fun flow. Go ahead and click the big, green “Start A Contest” button. As you can probably tell, a “Contest” is a means by which your invitees can tell you what they want to hear. You will now get to the following screen.

Enter the details which Songvote wants from you. Here’s a small description of each:

  • Contest Name: This is what your contest will be known as.
  • Contest End Date: This is the deadline by which all your invitees should have cast their votes. You can pick from a small pop-up calendar.
  • Description: A big text box where you tell people what the event is all about.
  • Event Date: The date of the event. You can pick from a small pop-up calendar.
  • Votes Per Person: No one wants to listen to just one song, right? This is where you grant your guests the power to cast multiple votes.

choosing music

party music playlist

Next to these options you will see some more options to customize your contest. These are shown below and are pretty self-explanatory. I filled in the form with something like “What Should Play At The Fictitious MUO Team Party?“, and entered corresponding details for the same. I also set the “Votes Per Person” to 3, so that people could have some flexibility with the voting.

Thereafter, I nominated songs for the party which people could vote upon. Fill in an artist and a song, and click the arrow icon to search for songs from their database. Select your song from the results that show up. Once you are through with all the songs you want to add, add your invitees’ email addresses in the form on the left side.

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Finally, click the big “Start Contest” button to finish creating your contest. An email will be sent to all those whose email addresses you put in. You will be redirected to your homepage from where you can check the status of your contest.

Every time you check the status of a particular contest, you will be shown information about the contest, as well as the track in the lead. At the end of the contest, you should have a fair idea of what to play and what not to play at your party. The best part is that your guests would have nothing to complain about as it’s all a democratic selection!

So go ahead and plan your next party playlist the social, democratic way!

Image Credit : Flickr.

  1. collier
    May 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    A much better approach would be to automatically fill in the host's own entire or partial iTunes/etc library or playlist, letting host refine by selecting/deselecting albums, artists and songs, and then letting attendees vote thumbs-up or thumbs-down from the resulting list. Creating a song-by-song playlist sounds like a huge pain in the arse.

    • Abhigyan
      July 19, 2010 at 5:28 am

      That's a great idea as well.

  2. Huepow00 (DJ EAR)
    May 19, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    No worries. Just its such a cool concept - But it's sort of limited to:
    "We have a bunch of songs in our database, we won't tell you from what genres they mostly come from, or how they got IN there in the first place. - and if you want to guess, the only real way is to register."

    I did register - Typed in something EASY, a popular Electro House Song... They didn't have it.
    It just gives you choices of nearest matches. You can't ADD it to the library in any way - you can't even offer it as an "OTHER"/"NOT LISTED". (Unless I missed something)

    How am I supposed to DJ a party using this service, when 99% of the songs I would be requested to play are from Trance / House / Hard Dance / or UK(Happy) Hardcore genres?

    I can't.
    *shrugs*

  3. Huepow00 (DJ EAR)
    May 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    ... But if it doesn't even have a top UK-Hardcore song like Chainsaw Bass? What's the point? I wouldn't be able to use it then.
    And going even further, It scares me into thinking they wouldn't have hardly ANY tracks from that genre.

    The real question here is - If a song's not in the database, does it still allow you to input it as a choice? Text-Only perhaps?

  4. Huepow00 (DJ EAR)
    May 18, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Somehow, I highly doubt that this program would be able to help me. Why don't they provide any information about the size of their database? I bet it's because the only people who would ever use this service listen to generic pop and rnb/hiphop.

    I can't imagine they would be able to let me input something like..
    Gammer - Chainsaw Bass.

  5. Huepow00 (DJ EAR)
    May 17, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Somehow, I highly doubt that this program would be able to help me. Why don't they provide any information about the size of their database? I bet it's because the only people who would ever use this service listen to generic pop and rnb/hiphop.

    I can't imagine they would be able to let me input something like..
    Gammer - Chainsaw Bass.

    • Abhigyan
      May 18, 2010 at 10:51 am

      You'd be surprised that once you sign up and sign in, there are just sooo many non-pop and non-rnb/hiphop tracks that are available for voting. I just put in pop/hiphop tracks as an example. Sure, it may not have Gammer - Chainsaw Bass, but the database is in no way minuscule in size.

      • Huepow00 (DJ EAR)
        May 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm

        ... But if it doesn't even have a top UK-Hardcore song like Chainsaw Bass? What's the point? I wouldn't be able to use it then.
        And going even further, It scares me into thinking they wouldn't have hardly ANY tracks from that genre.

        The real question here is - If a song's not in the database, does it still allow you to input it as a choice? Text-Only perhaps?

        • Abhigyan
          May 19, 2010 at 5:29 pm

          I'm in touch with the developer to see whether or not text-only entries are a part of the deal. BTW, it's great having readers who pay attention to the minutest details. Cheers!!

        • Huepow00 (DJ EAR)
          May 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm

          No worries. Just its such a cool concept - But it's sort of limited to:
          "We have a bunch of songs in our database, we won't tell you from what genres they mostly come from, or how they got IN there in the first place. - and if you want to guess, the only real way is to register."

          I did register - Typed in something EASY, a popular Electro House Song... They didn't have it.
          It just gives you choices of nearest matches. You can't ADD it to the library in any way - you can't even offer it as an "OTHER"/"NOT LISTED". (Unless I missed something)

          How am I supposed to DJ a party using this service, when 99% of the songs I would be requested to play are from Trance / House / Hard Dance / or UK(Happy) Hardcore genres?

          I can't.
          *shrugs*

        • Aibek
          May 20, 2010 at 8:18 am

          Good point!

  6. FekketCantenel
    May 17, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    This has an additional bonus: If I've been invited to a party, and then go to its Songvote page and see 'Ke$ha', I know in advance to pretend to be sick that night!

    • Abhigyan
      May 18, 2010 at 10:46 am

      Ahhh, Yes! I wish I would have dug a bit deeper before putting that screenshot in there :)

  7. Nat Jay
    May 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    It's a nice way of applying the "crowdsourcing" concept to something common (yet surprisingly difficult) task of choosing a party song.

    • Abhigyan
      May 18, 2010 at 10:46 am

      Totally. And the fact that it's really intuitive and easy to get really helps.

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