Shared party playlist- Nexus Q or Sonos + Tablet?

Posted Aug 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm in Threads > Entertainment

Hey guys, I’m having some folks over and I want to setup a way to let everyone contribute to the playlist throughout the night and I thought it might be fun to take votes on the best way to do it. My two options:

Use a Nexus Q

With a Nexus Q, anyone with an Android phone (a good portion of my guests) will be able to queue up music. Drawback? Everyone has to install the Nexus Q app and add my hardware (a process that sometimes isn’t as simple as it sounds). I also imagine that there will be a lot more ‘playlist jacking’ as people add tracks without noticing what’s on deck.

Use my Sonos setup with a central Transformer Prime

With my Sonos setup (a pair of Play:5 speakers and a Sonos Bridge), I can use my tablet as the central playlist control. My Sonos setup has access to my library, Pandora, Songza, and Spotify, so it should be able to handle all requests, people would just have to go to a central area to input them. The Sonos Controller app does a pretty good job of showing the playlist, and I think might lead to cleaner selections/queuing.

The Verdict?

Which system would you use if you wanted to give your guests control of the playlist? Is there another service/combo I’ve not listed here? I know there are some group listening web services but I want something that either runs simply on someone’s phone or at a central touch station. I don’t want anyone to have to “learn” anything to select music.

Basically, I want a digital jukebox. Thoughts?

  • skugern

    I like the idea of a centralized hub where people would physically walk over to and put in their music choice. Not only would it let you control the approved music but it can be a location where people would strike up conversations about music they normally wouldn’t have.

    Added bonus: you can help spread out the crowd – people generally tend to congregate in one spot (usually the kitchen) and this can guide them to other areas of the room/house.

  • Taylor Wimberly

    Honestly, shouldn’t there only be one DJ? If someone has a request, they just ask the DJ. Having everyone try to hijack the playlist would get annoying, right?

    • Braed Wurscht

      Of course there should be only one DJ. If I invite people to my place I like to play my music of course. And if they have some decent music they can bring it and I’ll play it, but not everybody must be able to play her/his sound at my place… That’s a really stupid idea and totally unrealistic unless you celebrate some sort of a facebook party with complete strangers at your home.

      • Clark Wimberly

        I’m not sure why it’s unrealistic. It’s sort of the whole premise behind the Nexus Q. I know the postponed it because it had issues, but the idea is still sound.

        Group listening is a pretty fun activity. Have neither of you guys tried it? You don’t use or anything of that nature?

        Letting multiple people control the playlist makes for a fun atmosphere, sort of like a Jukebox at a bar. Getting a mix of all the music your guests want to hear sounds awesome, why would you not want that?

        • Braed Wurscht

          Okay, I see your point and think it could be fun/actually it is fun for music freaks and tech nerds like us. But in my opinion most often the guests don’t want to search your library for a song. They want to be entertained, drink some beers and talk to each other. The i-camp offers this functionality since a long time but nobody uses this. I think there is simply no need for such a functionality. And by the way if there’s one person responsible for playing music the overall quality of the selection, the diversity and guest satisfaction is far better than if everybody (which in teality turns out as two or three people) selects his own sound. But that’s just my own two cents…working as a DJ in pub.

  • mitch samuels

    What about a centralized Tablet connected to a Nexus Q that people can use, but then they can also use their own music from their phones if they want to take the time/effort to connect.

  • 4n1m4l

    Nexus q for me, because I already bought 2

  • Clark Wimberly

    Update: I’m using the Sonos + TF Prime

    I set up a central controller, my TF Prime, and linked my library, Songza, Pandora, and Spotify accounts. That should provide just about all the music we can handle. Searching and queuing sounds is pretty dang easy, so I’m hoping things work out.