Tether offers several voting features that allow listeners to engage with a list of songs in order to determine what will play on the air (including Takeover, Top Song, and FaceOff). The available songs are determined by you, and there are two ways to populate one of these playlists:
- CSV Upload - You can provide a spreadsheet (as a .CSV file) of your active library with any attributes you'd like to use for separation (i.e. category, sound code, era, vocalist), which is generated from your music scheduler and uploaded to the Tether dashboard each time you update your rotation.
- "Autopop" - The top X songs played over the last Y days (with X and Y determined by you) are made available for voting. Because this type of playlist is based on your Now Playing feed, complicated separation goals such as category, sound code, and era are not possible. However, basic artist and title separation is still possible. You may find that an "autopop" list is easier to manage, especially if your station doesn't schedule music locally.
Using a CSV Upload
Click the appropriate link below for instructions on creating the playlist export from your automation system:
Using an "Autopop" Playlist
With an automatically populated playlist (usually called "autopop" for short), Futuri will automatically generate a playlist for your Tether feature based on spin count. The following parameters are configurable:
- Top X number of songs played
- Over the last Y days (usually 7)
- Automation Categories to include (for WideOrbit or SS32)
- Add Only? (i.e. should the playlist completely reset each day to have the top X songs over the last Y days, or should it just add new songs to the existing autopop playlist?)
Futuri VIP Support can configure these parameters for you, and you can request to change them at any time.
It is worth noting that, because autopop playlists are generated from your Now Playing history, the songs do not have any additional metadata attached to them (like category, sound code, or vocalist). Because of this, we can't apply such nuanced separation goals to autopop playlists. However, we can apply basic artist and title separation, and we have a default goal called "score separation" that will allow Tether to favor highly spun songs in the case of a voting tie (essentially treating them as "powers").