#engage offers several voting features where users can be presented with a list of songs that they vote up or down in order to determine what will play on the air (including Takeover, Top Song, and FaceOff). The available songs are determined by you, and there are two ways to populate one of these playlists:
- CSV Upload - You can provide a spreadsheet (as a .CSV file) of your active library with any attributes you'd like to use for separation (i.e. category, sound code, era, vocalist), which is generated from your music scheduler and uploaded to the Futuri Control Room each time you update your rotation.
- "Autopop" - The top X songs played over the last Y days (with X and Y determined by you) are made available for voting. Because this type of playlist is based on your Now Playing feed, complicated separation goals such as category, sound code, and era are not possible. However, basic artist and title separation is still possible. You may find that an "autopop" list is easier to manage, especially if your station doesn't schedule music locally.
Using a CSV upload
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- Generating a "Ranked" playlist in MusicMaster for Windows
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- Generating a "Ranked" playlist in Stratus
Using an "autopop" playlist
With an automatically populated playlist (usually called "autopop" for short), Futuri will automatically generate a playlist for your #engage feature based on spin count. The following parameters are configurable:
- Top X number of songs played
- Over the last Y days (usually 7)
- Automation Categories to include (for WideOrbit or SS32)
- Add Only? (i.e. should the playlist completely reset each day to have the top X songs over the last Y days, or should it just add new songs to the existing autopop playlist?)
Futuri VIP Support can configure these parameters for you, and you can request to change them at any time.
It is worth noting that, because autopop playlists are generated from your Now Playing history, the songs do not have any additional metadata attached to them (like category, sound code, or vocalist). Because of this, we can't apply such nuanced separation goals to autopop playlists. However, we can apply basic artist and title separation, and we have a default goal called "score separation" that will allow #engage to favor highly spun songs in the case of a voting tie (essentially treating them as "powers").
Managing playlists in Control Room
These steps are generally not necessary if you're using an autopop playlist.
After generating your playlist, log in to the Futuri Control Room. If you need credentials, please email Futuri VIP Support.
Once you’re logged in, perform the quick steps below:
1. Click Takeover Playlists from the #engage Playlists menu on the left.
2. Give the playlist a name.
3. Choose the file to upload.
4. Click the Upload button.
5. Change the Active status of your lists (if you want the new list to go live right now, Activate it and Deactivate any lists that shouldn’t be live right now). You can have multiple playlists active at a time, and you can also Delete old lists from here.
6. If you’re going to use different playlists at different times, select Playlist Scheduling from the menu on the left.
7. Set up “activation times” as needed, and/or swap out the list you need to replace so that the scheduling will do what it needs to do when the time comes.
8. Click Save Playlist Changes at the bottom of the page.