Music selection is made democratic with Festify, Spotify’s new feature and app pair. No more stressing to curate the perfect playlist, no more clashing among guests over song choices, no more aux-cord monopolizing. Festify claims to solve all of these woes and allow party-goers to cooperatively choose their own jams.
The functionality is quite simple: the host creates a party on their account and guests can connect to polls on their mobile devices with an access code or by scanning the QR image. Once everyone is tapped into the party-playlist, they vote on which songs to queue up, priority going to tracks with the most votes. Alas, hosts need not worry about their parties going awry, since Festify allows a backup playlist in case guests are too busy functioning to vote, as well as host manual override capabilities when they want the controls back.
The host does need a Spotify premium account and the Festify app on their computer, but guests only need the code or QR on an internet capable device to participate.
Spotify has lately been on the innovation train with their Uber partnership and now this communal take on party music selection. Are they stepping it up to keep their edge over newer streaming services such as Tidal or Beats? Let us know what you think through our Facebook or Twitter!
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