The Smart Party!! Democratic Tunes.
A couple of UCLA students, Kevin Eustice and Peter Reiher, haveÂ written and testedÂ some softwareÂ that with theirÂ antennae set up will grap music playlists stored inside laptops.
The plan is to roll this out to wifi-enabled MP3 players and throw these tunes up front and create the playlist thus, perhaps, makingÂ DJ’SÂ soÂ 90’s!
Wi-fi playlists and ‘pod parties’ aren’t newÂ but this software works on ‘votes’, ie how many people present have that track on their player.Â Notice I said “peopleÂ present”?Â – Smart Party can triangulate people’s position, it can also deduct their votes when they leave the party, making everything all fair and square.
I reckon theÂ only downside of this is that people who ‘want’ an iPod or similar will know where to ‘get’ one from – also the amount of MP3 players that areÂ gonna be dropped in the toilets, etc.
But for the pure eclectism of theÂ potential tunes – I rate this idea!Â Not sureÂ how this will stand as far as DRM is concerned.Â Loop holes anyones?Â