May 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Crowdjuke Taps Facebook To Create Perfect Party Playlists

Every Music Hack day has a couple of themes, and crowd-sourced playlist creation was especially big both in San Francisco and New York.

Crowdjuke, which won Music Hack Day SF sponsor MTV’s prize (a nomination for an MTV O Award) was the best of the lot. Created by Facebook partner engineer Matt Kelly, the as-yet-unreleased app pulls the music preferences of friends that have RSVP’d to a particular event, then uses Rdio’s music library to create a playlist combining their tastes.

Attendees who forgot to RSVP (or just show up out of the blue) can text their preferences to a number via Twilio to have their songs added to the party playlist in near-real-time, as well.

This is all well and good, but nothing we haven’t seen before, concept-wise. The real problem with crowd-sourced playlisting is how to create a mix that flows and sounds good. Apps like this work fine if you’re only inviting a few people who all have killer taste, but any party that’s a little more diverse will almost always include a few people with radically different tastes (or a few pranksers who’ll throw in the “The Chicken Dance” just to rain on the parade).

While Crowdjuke doesn’t solve this issue entirely, it takes a good first step, using (Evolver.fm publisher) The Echo Nest’s API to eliminate songs that aren’t deemed “danceable” enough for a party atmosphere.

So far, a number of people have tweeted that they plan to use Crowdjuke to soundtrack upcoming events.

Hopefully, they’ll invite people with good taste.

See more apps from San Francisco Music Hack Day.

(Photos courtesy of Kara Walker)