I spend a lot of time checking out new software as it comes across my feeds and can pretty quickly decide if it’s something I’d find useful/not (especially in terms of classroom technologies). Sometimes new software / upgrades really makes me sit up and go “wow”. iTunes DJ is one of those, and quite unexpectedly so.
I upgraded iTunes yesterday and didn’t bother to look at what it’d done until today. iTunes DJ opened up and I thought, OK, yeh, cool, I can create playlists from my phone without having to go to my computer. I currently have AirTunes set up (it plays my iTunes through my speakers in another room wirelessly) and I’ve been using my iPhone as a remote for it for a while. But now guests can request songs and vote on the order they should be played in via their own iPhone or iPod Touch without having full passcode access.
This makes me take a step back and go, “Wow”.
I used to play music in my classroom all the time – Indonesian music, that is. And I’d always be in control of it. But it’d be great to have my students vote on the songs they’d like to hear (all in the target language, of course!). That’s awesome.
Also at parties – very cool to have your guests contribute to the playlist. Or in a restaurant? Or a pub?
Lots of possibilities. Simple feature, lots of fun.