Will SmugMug please look into adding music to the slideshow?
SmugMug Support Hero,
Will SmugMug please look into adding music to the slideshow? My other website www.RichardDalcinStudios.com has music and it helps so much with the images. Please respond with a positive reply.
Music for slideshows, how tough can that really be?
Paul Herholz commented
Ten years using Phanfare slideshow music. So important. It's like watching a modern movie and a silent movie. Miss it. Don't make slideshows on SmugMug. What's the joint? SmugMug..Why don't you do this? Maybe you can buy the software from Phanfare.
I have hundreds of slideshows over 10 years on Phanfare, they allow my own purchased music, it makes the slideshow way more enjoyable to the viewer, no music is so bland, bad, very bad
Laurie B commented
I am dying. The simplicity of Phanfare was priceless. I have spent a fortune trying to duplicate it. If anybody has found a satisfactory substitute, please share your info. Everything else is sooo lame. Smugmug suggested Animoto. HORRIBLE!! WITH A CAPITAL H! Blurry, busy, bull**T.
Pam Moore commented
I was a phanfare customer for ten years. I felt devastated when I found out that they were closing their website down. All the time I've spent making slideshows for my family is gone. My music collection is gone. I made memorial shows for family or friends who lost love ones. All the links that no longer exist or can't be seen again by me or those I made them for. I made slideshows using my photos and clipart to go with the song to tell it like a story. Ten years worth! So yeah I'm disappointed. I appreciate that smugMug took on the challenge of moving all our media to their site, I am sure that it wasn't an easy task to take on. And I am glad that I still have time to decide what to do with the photos from those slideshows I made. But like everyone else says, without those features to play music of our choice and add videos with the slideshows your site is not going to be enough to keep me another year. It would have been nice if SmugMug could have bought phanfare's software then we wouldn't have lost so much. SmugMug I hope you figure out before it's too late.
I am very disappointed with the transfer from Phanfare to Smug Mug, I would have expected to have MORE features with a new provider to try and encourage me to stay... instead I have less.
Video slideshow with no music is not only far less engaging for my audience, it does not warrant the time I spend on creating the albums.
It is a very big business mistake on the part of Smug Mug to assume that because customers were transferred to your platform we will stay if the experience is lacking.
The cost of acquiring new customers is far higher than keeping current customers happy. Listen to your consumers or it will cost you in the long run.
I am losing my patience ...
Customer service informed me of a $22/mo service I could use to add this. 0.0 Really?
I am struggling to find the added value to this site over dropbox.
I have used phanfare for many years to create and share slideshows with a large audience of friends, now numbering about 1,000. A big component of my slideshows is adding uploaded music which adds great impact and flavor. When will you add this capability to smugmug?
This is a big deal for me.
Songs/music added so much to my slideshows. Love most of the SmugMug features, but missing this so much from my Phanfare account. Please consider adding this music option, it's really missed my many.
Agree with others, how boring is a slideshow without music! Listen to your customers and please add this service.....
This is just horrible. What meaning and experience is lost!!! This alone will make me leave and look elsewhere, come on!!!!!
Bryan Logan commented
As a many year Phanfare client it is very disappointing to lose the ability to add my music to my slideshows. If you can't add this straightforward feature to SM by the time my present Phanfare subscription runs out I will have no option but to go elsewhere to get this important feature for my slideshows.
David Lundquist commented
I'll join this chorus and agree that if this doesn't happen by the time my transfer subscription runs our, then I'm outta here.
Hi. Love your stuff but miss the music. This is not hard to implement. I look forward to the day I can add music to my folders.
There's lots royalty free music available from YouTube. Not providing the ability to add music to a slideshow similar to Phanfare is pretty lame. I'm looking for phanfare alternatives that offer this feature.
As a Phanfare customer I mourned the loss of music in my over 50 slideshows I had to recreate. However, I embedded the music separately and the problem is solved.
I just changed over (because I had to) to SmugMug from Phanfare and am VERY DISAPPOINTED that all of my musical slideshows cannot be used now. I will definitely drop my subscription unless they add the option of music on SmugMug!!!!!!!!!!!
Really miss the option of not having music. Slideshows seem so bare without it. Also really miss the Ken Burns effect for slideshows. Can't believe smug mug does not allow to add your own music. Converting to a video is not a good option as viewer looses the option to download a picture or order a print or souvenier.
Paul Herholz commented
I agree with the others. One of the best features of Phanfare was the ability to add music to album slideshows. It made a huge difference in the presentation. I'm sure SmugMug can easily do this if they chose. It would be nice!
you have many new subscribers coming over from phanpare and I saw a forum where 80% of the people were commenting on losing the option of uploading their favorite background music to their photos. it was all part of the price of about $29/year for the basic service. It is a very important option for me personally and i am hoping smugmug strongly considers upgrading for this option with their annual price. My subscription picked up from phanpare runs out the end of June. If i see no movement in upgrading with music option, i will try to find another site with the music option. Please please add this option. i did email smugmug and was advised of the amimoto option which
it would be $96/year for amimoto so you would have to add that to the annual price of smugmug of $48/yr for basic paln so total of $144/yr for both.
I am going to look around for a photo site that has music option to see if cheaper. if not will go with your option by end of June.
thanks for your consideration