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Music makes everything better!

Being able to upload songs for viewers to play for each gallery can set the mood for each different photoshoot you are presenting.

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      • ChrisChris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am also a Phanfare orphan. I was a faithful Phanfare follower since 2003. The SmugMug site is not even close to what Phanfare was. All Phanfare users should quickly download your slideshows onto your computers before is too late (May 28, 2017). This will save your slideshows as Flash executable files and will play the same as if you were still on Phanfare. Later you can copy this as a video to upload to a youtube account. There is not much time left. The download button is on the upper right of your screen when viewing an album. You don't need to sign in as administrator to do this. Best of luck. Chris

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am currently trialing both smugmug and zenfolio. They support music and you don't so they get my business.

      • JozefJozef commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I also am a Phanfare orphan who was adopted by SmugMug since Phanfare is closing its doors 5/28 and SM will honor my current PF subscription. The biggest loss is indeed the fact that I can't add music to be slideshows. I would have come over to SM years ago if they had that capability.
        I'm pretty sure there's other than technical reasons SM is pushing back on this that they don't want to share.

        Also, I can't believe a slideshow does not play videos!!

        Other gripes:
        - folders are always listed first - before galleries. You can't mix the two;
        - Rotating a video requires downloading it and using another application and then uploading again.
        And this is only my first day with SM...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Must have an option to upload and include music in the slideshows!! Can't believe it's not a feature!

      • RBRB commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would very much like to see music added as an option for slideshows. Being new to SmugMug, this is a big disappointment. I see an few folks who don't like music on websites, and I agree some website are pretty obnoxious (I choose not to visit those sites), but they do not have to put music on their web sight. I also think some peoples photos are better than others, but I do not suggest we prevent people from using SmugMug because we do not like their photos. I also do not think adding music to slide shows will negatively impact the image of smugmug. When I switched to smugmug and began sharing slideshows - the overwhelming comment from my friends and family was "hey where is the music? we liked that". I also have many Phanfare friends who are on the fence to come over to SmugMug based on this feature. I do not agree it is highly contested, but seems that a few folks are strongly opposed, but no one is suggesting forcing people to use this feature.

      • Ernie GerbasiErnie Gerbasi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You should have known that a Phanfare - SmugMug merger would have blown up. It really is about apples and oranges. Aside from music capabilities Phanfare offered design flexibility as well. I have more than 125 albums on my Phanfare site and the variety of color, layout, copy placement and musical continuity linking static and dynamic visuals are the elements that made this a great site.

        bigwigsplace@phanfare.com

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would just about give my left foot for the ability to add a simple music player to galleries and also as a separate content feature on pages. Man, it would be great ... so ... so great. Honestly, this is my one and only complaint with SmugMug and the only thing keeping me from using it as my primary website. I can't help but wonder if the only reason they haven't added the feature is because there's some guy on the board of ideation who's one of those "music on websites sucks" guys. You know the one I'm talking about. There's one in every group. What's wrong with this world.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am hugely disappointed after forced to move my stuff from Phanfare. No music??? What's going on with a silent slide show? My goodness. Also I am trying to figure out how to share the slideshow to someone....

        I am so mad...Phanfare should purchase this Smugmug instead.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm a new SmugMug client, having been transferred with other Phanfare clients. Phanfare had really awful customer service but a user friendly product that allowed music. So far, my impression of SmugMug is responsive customer service but a couple of big negatives customer reps can't fix: One is the absence of music. The other is that when my slide shows were made available by SmugMug the pictures had all been shuffled and were completely random. It is taking an ENORMOUS amount of time to rearrange them. These two major issues have me seriously rethinking SmugMug, as is the case with other former Phanfare users I know. Customer Service tells me "Engineers are working on this", which is the stock answer meaning nothing is being done, at least in my experience.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Music would be a wonderful feature to SmugMug.
        Music sets the mood for the pictures being displayed.
        Hope it will be something that will be added very very soon!
        Thanks!

      • CrutcherCrutcher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm very disappointed that there is no music feature on SmugMug for my photo albums I wanted to transfer from Phanfare. I'll have to dig deeper to find a solution!

      • RBRB commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not contested. Majority would love the option of being able to play music alongside our galleries. I would specify that it would be best as an option, not automatic with no option to turn off. Yes Yes Yes please!!!

      • Danish KhanDanish Khan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm currently shopping between different providers. I was 99.9% sold on SmugMug and was going to sign up today but after finding out about this, I have to take a step back. I don't want just a web site. I want people to be a part of an experience. Lack of music really takes away that option.

      • Christine SnyderChristine Snyder commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't think this topic is highly contested. It seems to me everyone wants it and you are not able to add it. This should be a priority. I will not purchase this product unless you add it and I am sure there are plenty of people that feel the same. Why would anyone want to watch a slide show that does not have music. It makes no sense.

      • LRLR commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Let us know when this feature becomes available. To play a selection or Juke Box of music is ideal too, Music will enhance our selling power, a win win for every one. We hope you add the technology of sound. Include the feature for any page, photo, gallery, slide show, etc. Thanks in advanced!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Shoot Proof does this well! They allow users to add music to their online galleries that really create an emotional connection to the customer and for viewing pleasure!

        Sales go up and customers have fun! It's a win win!

      • MichaelMichael commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Quite simply,I have never created a slide show without a sound track that suits the genre of images being displayed. To be truthful I don't know anyone who has. It's like watching a silent movie, and lets face it that era didn't last long,and was merely due to the limit if the technology at the time. We can't claim that now!!! To me it's a must, not an option. Of course I could create it in one of a dozen other programs like Aperture, Lightroom etc etc, but then that would defeat the one stop shop i so love about SmugMug

        Your loyal customer feedback

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would love to have music on my home page and galleries as well. I have found that my customers do enjoy that and having on when visitors open your page adds a little to your pictures they are viewing. All the other websites I have seen so far all have some kind of music option. To make it simple you could just allow for the music to be uploaded as we choose and allow for us to choose where we want it, instead of smugmug coming up with different music options to choose from.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Would love to add music to my homepage as well as my private galleries. I was looking up online how to do it but doesn't appear to be a feature at Smugmug

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