Opinion

New App Lets You Crowdsource the DJ

Anthm lets you vote on the music, for a truly democratic party. Click to enlarge.
Anthm lets you vote on the music, for a truly democratic party. Click to enlarge.

LOS ANGELES — We all know what it’s like. You’re at a party, and the music’s great, but you wish they’d play a different song. But maybe other people won’t like that song. And then someone more vocal jumps in and suggests some other song that’s not so great. Okay, maybe it’s not that complicated.

But there’s an app for that anyway. Anthm, a new iOS app, lets partygoers vote on the music at a party, or in any public space. Tapping into the 12 million-song database of Rdio, anyone with the app simply selects from a host of songs and register a vote. The highest voted song goes next.

“Musical democracy is our way of giving people control over the music they hear in public places,” says Ben Myers, co-founder of Anthm, in their press release.

I can see the potential for Anthm in all sorts of crowd-heavy scenarios, like house parties, open studios and even gallery openings. Like a democracy, if you’d like how the music is going, you can cast your vote in a different direction and run a campaign amongst your friends to vote with you. If you use it, please let me know.

Anthm can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store.

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