Create and DJ a Social Music Playlist with Friends

Create and DJ a Social Music Playlist with Friends

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of gathering friends, setting up a Bluetooth speaker, and allowing everyone to add songs to a shared queue. It’s much simpler than arguing over control of a single Bluetooth device or deciding when to disconnect for a new device to connect. So you can imagine my relief when I found OutLoud.

OutLoud exceeds expectations. It’s a free iOS app that lets nearby users join your custom social music playlist. You can connect your Spotify Premium and SoundCloud accounts, giving people a wide music selection. Contributors choose songs to add to the playlist, which are automatically sent to the queue. The app offers features like up-voting and music filters. Let’s dive in.

Starting a Social Playlist

Once in the OutLoud app, tap Host a playlist at the top and select Create new playlist at the bottom.

Next, provide the necessary information about your playlist. Give it a title and enter your name for verification. This way, when friends search for the playlist, they’ll easily find and join the correct one.

Create and DJ a Social Music Playlist with Friends

The next part is highly recommended. By logging in and linking your Spotify Premium and SoundCloud accounts, everyone can add songs from both services. If not, you and your friends will be limited to the purchased music on your iOS device

Create and DJ a Social Music Playlist with Friends

Customizing your playlist link is optional, but recommended. To have friends join your playlist, they’ll need to go to the link provided by OutLoud. If you let the URL auto-generate, you’ll likely get a meaningless string of characters. Instead, try typing something three to six characters long that’s easy for your friends to remember. Then, click “Check” to ensure the URL is available.

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Lastly, OutLoud shows your current location and access range, allowing only people nearby (roughly within your venue) to join the playlist.

Advanced Customizations

Before clicking “Create,” consider exploring advanced options by tapping “Customizations.”

Create and DJ a Social Music Playlist with Friends

If you want to start a social playlist, enable “Add songs” to allow guests to contribute. By default, voting is enabled but you can also enable down-votes to prevent a song from topping the queue.

Create and DJ a Social Music Playlist with Friends

Enabling messaging creates a chat room within the playlist for text communication with other members. Depending on the party’s tone, you can choose to enable or disable explicit songs.

Create and DJ a Social Music Playlist with Friends

The last two options are for guest sign-in and zero-vote songs. You can choose to require guests to sign in with a username when joining the playlist to avoid duplicate guests. There is also an option to automatically shuffle songs that receive zero up-votes. Otherwise, they will play in the order they were added. The developer clearly thought of everything.

Adding Music

Once you’ve shared your custom playlist URL with friends and had them join, it’s time to add songs to the queue. This is a short section.

Create and DJ a Social Music Playlist with FriendsCreate and DJ a Social Music Playlist with Friends

To search for a song, tap the search field and enter the name. OutLoud will search all linked services and display the results. Tap on one or multiple songs to add them. Guests on the mobile website have the same interface and process. Once added, you can vote on songs in the social playlist to influence their position. Enjoy!

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