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Allow Repeat Play After x-% of Tracks Have Played

This category rule doesn’t do what you think it does. It doesn’t improve song rotations nor efficiency. We created it as a balm for two specific scenarios. First, it prevents songs from scheduling again much too soon after a category shuffle. Second, it helps ensure that songs you might manually search-and-schedule won’t be scheduled by M1 close to that manually scheduled one.

On the first point, to help ensure that songs don’t come up too quickly after a shuffle,  let’s say there is a category with 100 songs and the turnover is around 3 days. After saving a Monday schedule, we do the shuffle. Some of those songs that were scheduled Monday evening and were at the bottom of the card stack before the shuffle have now moved to the top of the card stack and are ready for re-scheduling right away in the overnight and morning hours of Tuesday instead of scheduling again 3 days later as would happen if there had been no shuffle. If we set the “allow repeat play after 35% of tracks have played….”, M1 will hold those late-Monday songs until 35% of the others in the category have scheduled. So, this being a 3-day turnover category, those late-Monday songs will get next-scheduled on Wednesday.

On the second point, if you manually search and schedule a song, you may want to have that play well separated from a ‘normal’ play scheduled by M1. For example, if a category is designed for all the songs in it to get 10 plays a week, and if you manually search and drop in one of the songs an extra time or two during the week, this rule helps prevent M1 from scheduling it again itself until 35% of the category has turned over since this one last played.

So, this is a helpful rule but not a critical one and changing it to a higher number won’t improve the day to day song rotations. Remember, M1 is designed to schedule every song in a category before repeating any of them.




Category – Rank Order Fix

M1 schedules the Categories in Rank Order, one after another. Selected categories can be set to schedule in the same pass order. If joined together, the categories will have the same Rank number. Here’s how to link and un-link Categories pass-order. Continue Reading

Shuffling Categories

After the initial shuffle of a category, there is usually little reason to shuffle.  If there are major changes to the category, maybe a lot of new songs added to it, then it probably could use a shuffle. Otherwise, the only reason to shuffle is to eliminate predictability. Like, “every time I hear that song, seems… Continue Reading

Selection Categories

Selection Categories allow songs to be in two categories at the same time. In this demo, I’m making a Selection category and filling it with Rolling Stones songs.  Then I can make a clock that will schedule Stones and nothing but Stones and then use that clock for an All-Stones hour on Saturday night.  Selection… Continue Reading

Packet Removal

How do I remove a packet from a category?   NOTE: In Music 1 SE, the Remove button still says: Delete. It is OK to use the button. It also removes the packet from the category and presents it again as a regular music category. Continue Reading

Shuffle and Shuffling Categories

How often should I shuffle my categories?  This is purely a personal preference. The main reason to shuffle is to eliminate song sequence “predictability” within each category. Like, a station playing Pop Hits from 2000-2010 wouldn’t necessarily want a listener to notice that every time he heard a certain song by Rob Thomas, about fifteen… Continue Reading

Christmas Scheduling

Great time of the year, but with all the multiple versions of the same classic songs, it takes a bit of planning to ensure you don’t get two versions of White Christmas showing up in the same hour.  Here are three short videos showing how to handle Christmas most efficiently.     Continue Reading