Anthm – Powered by Rdio
Get the Party Started with an Anthm playlist
If you’re holding a party there’s a lot to consider, but one of the most important aspects of the whole evening is without doubt the music. There are a few apps that you can use to make the most of a party, but Anthm is certainly one of the best. It allows you to create a ‘Party’ within the app, and other Anthm users will be able to find your party when they arrive using location services.
When they find the party in the local area, it is possible to search and find songs that they want to hear over the course of the evening. As they are added, the party playlist will grow and update in real-time, so everyone can see what tunes the other revellers have requested.
From here, the partygoers can vote a song up or down based on whether they want to hear their friends’ chosen tracks or not. The more votes a track gets, the higher up the playlist it goes.
The selection of music on offer is really impressive. The app uses Rdio to pull tracks from the cloud, so there are few limits on what you can listen to, and it certainly doesn’t matter if you don’t have a particular track in your library.
We did a range of searches for old and new tracks, and the app managed to find them all. Also, the fact that only the party host needs to log in to Rdio to hold a party is ideal, as it keeps that app simple for your friends.
The app itself is great, but the biggest problem is that the Rdio service is currently only available in a few countries around the world. These include the US, Canada, Germany and Australia, but the UK is unfortunately absent from the list. The service also costs $9.99 a month, meaning there’s a fair amount to shell out if you only intend to use it occasionally.
Until this changes, it’s hard to recommend Anthm as anything other than a trial outside these regions, but if you’re lucky enough to have access to Rdio then this is an app that is well worth getting in line for.
The idea is great and the app is perfect, but it’s not available worldwide and it’s costly too.
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