If you’re hosting a party and would like to get your friends involved in choosing the music to play during the party, Party Player is a new music app that lets you do just that. Available for free on Google Play, Party Player allows your smartphone to receive song requests via text message and play them from a temporary playlist that auto-populates as more requests are generated. The app is incredibly smart; If your friends text a song or a word that appears in the title of more than one song, the app will send them a text asking which song they want to play. The text message will display a list of all the songs that match the word and your friend can simply reply with the number of the song on that list to tell the app which one they want. For everyone, this is a simple text message interaction and no one needs an internet connection to make it work.

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After launching the app, the first thing you need to do is tap ‘Accept Requests’, which allows you to start accepting requests (not sure why it’s not enabled by default). However, if you don’t know how to use this app, you can simply tap on the ‘Instruction Screen’ button to see the syntax in which your friends should send their song requests.

In simple terms, Party Player basically runs in the background and silently monitors your default text messaging app. Your senders must use a specific command format when sending requests, which is basically ‘Play (Song Name)’ (without quotes or brackets), to allow Party Player to treat that SMS as a song request. If the requested chorus is not in your library, Party Player simply indicates it in the same message thread (sent from your number, text message rates will apply). If the song is found, the app plays it or adds it to the queue. Sends a message to the sender informing them that the song they requested has been queued.

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The app also allows you to block certain people from requesting songs, say, unknown number requests, etc. This can be done from the Contact Permissions screen where checked items indicate that song requests are enabled for those people.

Party Player isn’t very resource intensive, though I can’t really say how leaving it on all the time can affect your device’s battery life in the long run. But overall, it’s a good, simple app that doesn’t put much of a strain on your battery and adds some collaborative elements to your music listening experience.

Party Player is essentially a very simple application. You do not need to register an account, create a password or enter your personal credentials online. It fulfills its defined purpose very quickly and all through a simple SMS. On top of that, there’s its basic interface, which is made up of a faded, gray background, with a large logo in the center and three buttons at the bottom; Previous, Play/Pause and Next. making the app incredibly easy to use. You can download it for free via the link below.

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Install Party Player from Play Store