Smart Party Wireless DJ System Will Get Playlist Votes From Your Trousered MP3 Player

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A new system devised by a pair of UCLA students could well bring democracy to music selection at parties. The two scientists have created a software-and-antennae combo that currently works on laptops, scanning people's music collections, grabbing the most popular tunes from guests' MP3 players and adding them to the night's playlist. The next step will be to see if Smart Party can be made to work on MP3 players (currently it works on laptops), polling partygoers' music devices as they arrive at the party. More info below.


Kevin Eustice and Peter Reiher have built and tested a version that works perfectly using playlists stored inside laptops running their software, but since very few (sober) people stroll into a party with one of those tucked under their arm, they're aiming it at Wi-Fi-enabled MP3 players. Since Smart Party can triangulate people's position, it can also deduct their votes when they leave the party, making everything all fair and square. The one stumbling block is DRM, since copying the tracks into the system even temporarily isn't exactly RIAA-friendly activity.

It's a good idea, and it sure would make for a pretty eclectic set to groove away to, but for that one fatal DRM flaw. They're pinning their hopes on a temporary porting of the license, otherwise it would be limited to DRM-free tracks shame. We imagine it wouldn't go down too well at foam parties, either, but you wouldn't be able to hear your fave track from your soaked MP3 player with all that foam in your ear anyway, would you? [New Scientist]

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it'll never work effectively. As a dj for the past 8 years, this

would suck ass. if I HAD to play what people brought on their wifi

enabled mp3 players, it would be a disaster.

There is a lot more involved in reading a crowd and trying to play

the right music, it gets even worse when you have an 'eclectic' crowd

as you mentioned. play any one thing from any one person's extremes,

and that one person will enjoy it while everyone else sits down.

and since not many people have the wifi enabled mp3 players, i

imagine the same two people (the creators) will be dancing all night

while everyone else goes home.

voting would be cool, i would love to be able to present a few

choices (of my selection) to a crowd and get votes on what to play

next. But again, only 1% of the dancing populus would vote, since

everyone else is dancing (or because only two people are voting)