Scheduling Music Playlists iOS

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by ptdavidson87, May 13, 2014.

  1. ptdavidson87 macrumors newbie

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    I've been searching the web, and haven't found a real easy way to do this. My Brother in law, has a restaurant that they play music back from an iPad.

    They would like to schedule different playlists at different times.

    For example a lunch time playlist, a dinner playlist, and maybe a after hours playlist. Is there an app or a way to schedule this.

    Unfortunately it needs to be on a iPad, as they don't really want to invest in a dedicated OSX machine to run an automator script, and they already have the iPad dedicated to playing back music.

    Thanks for any responses.
     
  2. psysfaction macrumors newbie

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    I am in the same situation and am trying to find an app to change playlists at specific time of the day. It should also have a good shuffle function so that the songs are not played in the same order

    It is also for a restaurant.

    The way I do it at the moment is with a Windows laptop that is running Winamp and then using the Wshed software to open playlists at specific times of the day.

    I would much prefer to use an Ipod touch, Ipad or even an Android device if anyone can suggest me a good app for that.

    Maybe this app request would be better suited for the "iPhone and iPod touch Apps" section?

    Cheers,
    David
     
  3. Puonti macrumors 6502a

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    This isn't a straightforward software solution to your problem(s), but I'll mention it here anyway (maybe someone else is able to suggest a simple app):

    The Sonos app is able to schedule playlists through its built-in Alarm function and supports imported iTunes playlists (the same ones your iPad's Music app uses). You can schedule multiple alarms, each starting a different playlist at a different time.

    On the hardware side you'll need a Sonos Connect, to which you'll connect an Airport Express via line-in and ethernet; as well as your speaker system via analog RCA out or the digital optical / coaxial out.

    Configuring all this after the physical connections have been made adds a few more steps to the process, but instructions for doing it can be found here: https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1241
     
  4. psysfaction macrumors newbie

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    Thank you Puonti for posting your solution.

    Sadly this will not work too well in our hotel since the wifi sometimes goes down and I do not want to have to rely on it.

    I did some tests today on an Android device and after some tinkering with the Taskbomb app and different music players I was finally able to set it up in a good way so that it will open different playlists at specific times of the day.

    Please let me know if someone else is interested in a more detailed description on how to do it on Android.
     
  5. ptdavidson87 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried Taskbomb also. Did you have any luck getting it to finish the current song before switching playlists. When I scheduled it, it was a bit abrupt. It's to bad there isn't an easy way to accomplish this. Thanks for the replies.
     
  6. Puonti macrumors 6502a

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    Out of curiosity, do you attach the iPad to the speaker system via the headphone jack?
     

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