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.
I love the idea of music and already have permission to use original music. But we would get greater support from those licensing the music if you allowed visitors to purchase the music they hear as an option.
Allow music to be played while pictures are being viewed. Can help put people in a better/happier/more optimistic (if that's what your going for) mood.
It would be nice to be able to set music to slideshows.
WE NEED TO BE ALLOWED THE OPTION OF ADDING MUSIC! All the other websites have the option. And for those of us that PAY should have the right to have the option to add music by the click of a button. Not be stressed out by spending countless hours trying to figure out a way to add it through html, I have tried and cannot figure it out. Then have to pay someone extra to add in the html. I will not be renewing if there is not an option to add music by the time I have to pay you for another year!
Allow users to enter HTML to play music hosted at another site they have. This would provide a feature that was omitted from New Smugmug that was a major asset to legacy SM that made SM stand out above all other photo sharing services. Come now when will you guys see that was wrong to leave this out?
Pictures are more meaningful if we view it with music. Copyright issues will block all of us. Could Smugmug talk with Pandora foe a join operations? Pandora will not play the same music every time, however will play your style. I would love to add a Pandora options to the slideshows or the whole site. www.photo-graphika.com
Having an option to add music to the website/slideshow. That just makes the experience more memorable while taking a look at the photographs
would love to be able to upload a song or two to have the option of playing in a gallery...
Allowing Smug Mug users to add optional music so that viewers could enjoy that along with viewing the photos would be nice
MUSIC! Add music to albums for easy listening in the background! :)
We need our MP3 files!!!!!
It would be great to be able to upload music to our site.
Trying to embed music is too complicated
Has there ever been talk of integrating streaming music into the SmugMug interface? I have used Jalbum and Fotoplayer for the last few years and can tell you the recent extremely positive experience with SM will end that but JAlbum/Fotoplayer allowed me to create music playlists for my slide shows and everyone comments on the how it greatly intensifies the viewing experience. I understand copyright issues but wonder how free/pay account access to Pandora, or a similar service (I think you guys work with Amazon) could not be a huge potential exposure and revenue stream for which ever service was chosen.
As I sit her listening to my Pandora pay subscription, adding photos from an event, it sure does make sense to me. How powerful, and easy, would it be to allow the page admin to create a “station” that plays when the page views in the cleanly integrated way I’m quickly learning everything is incorporated at SmugMug.
Congratulations on a wonderful service and thanks for the opportunity to suggest potential improvements.
I import my photo slideshows into my newspaper's Web site. I'd like to be able to add audio to these.
Uploading music with your shared images would be a great feature to add.
The topic of music appears to be highly contested based on the comments here. At this time we are concentrating on developing some other awesome features that we know will benefit everyone. Please continue to discuss this as it will help us understand how we might be be able to use music more effectively in the future.
@Allen: There are several blockers for adding music but the biggest one revolves around ensuring proper licensing of music that would be used with the slideshows. We could partner with a 3rd party service, for example, but that requires integration, signing up for an account with the 3rd party, etc.
I too would like to see SmugMug make background music available for customers slideshows. You say you are concentrating on developing other awesome features, can you tell us why you won't add the music capability at this time?
Gavin Hardy commented
Actually quite shocked that I've just discovered I can't at least embed a Spotify playlist into my site. Serisously, there needs to be a way of adding music to a site. Music can be quite an expression of an "artist"
Please allow us the ability to listen to music while viewing our beautiful slideshow. It's LIKE printing in B&W vs. COLOR. Or a like a handicap person that can see and is deaf. We can send a man to the moon. This feature can be coded yesterday. Today, I look forward to seeing this feature added to smugmug tomorrow! Thank you. A valued Smugmug customer.
Please add a functionality to upload music files and provide a 'music' content block for adding it wherever we want.
I have requested nothing more than what I was able to do with Legacy SmugMug. That is via a bit of HTML at the Gallery, link to mp3 that I have at other webspace
How SmugMug does not see this as a MAJOR void in New SmugMug is beyond my comprehension. Offering other music features in addition to what we had would be good also.
It's simply boring to look at a slide show with music. If the viewer does not like to hear it, they can mute it.
When the feature I described is ported to New Smugmug I will move over. Until then, no way!
For a paid photo sharing service, I see music as a basic / given feature. Please add this feature ASAP.
Please pay attention to these comments and the votes and work on givi g us what we are asking for, specially Music OPTIONAL. all the other sites have it, I dont see whats so hard about adding it.
the awesome feature your working on should be MUSIC!!!
Jim Burke commented
I want to be able to upload my own music. In fact. If Smugmug was smart, they would make a deal with iTunes or some other music service to use their music in exchange for placing a link on the page to purchase the music the viewers are listening to and make it a profit deal. Come on Smugmug, get innovative.
Brett Ross commented
I have shown my clients their Wedding Photos in my Gallery on Smugmug and they love it, smile and say WOW! .... I have then shown them the same pictures in a Video with the appropriate song (usually the song they danced to at their wedding), and they Cry.... ! ... and then I say WOW! ... need we say more?!
Come on SmugMug ... you guys are great at what you do ... lets work TOGETHER and bring music, and that sentimental touch, to everyone.
@Gary: As far as I can tell, Phanfare only allows music on slideshows. Is this all you guys are looking for -- music on slideshows?
Keep it high on your list. It is really great for non-business-to-business applications. Check out how Phanfare did it. It was pretty slick.
It would even be a attraction just to get traffic & networking, that song that makes a difference in ppl lives... & breaking the smiles on their face viewing the moments captured... please A.S.A.P.
I would love to have this as an optional feature. I think it can add so much to a photography website and really set the mood for clients looking through your work. I'm shocked it is still not an option.
Ben L commented
To agree with several other posters - Oh God no!
Phillip Thomas put it best:
"One argument is that folks should be able to make their pages the way they want to.
HOWEVER, it WILL reflect (poorly) on SmugMug as a whole if web audiences see smugmg-branded pages that are ANNOYING AS **** (in which category I would put *ALL* web pages that automatically start music).
I don't see any place to post a "NO" vote... but I would certainly cast mine in that direction (unless there was some way to give folks the option to add music in such a way that it is NEVER played unsolicited).
Really, though, if you want to create annoying pages like that, just use something besides smugmug."
I could not agree more. All webpages that play music automatically are extremely annoying and in very bad taste, which would reflect poorly on the SmugMug community as a whole.
Brice D. Gray Deylac commented
A good way to add music, is to simply add a video ! Record your music on a video, even with a beautiful fixed picture, and upload it to youtube or vimeo, and you can set it to play auto, or not and put where you want in your gallery... For me, it solves my problem for now, waiting for the same for soundcloud, or a embedded mp3 player.
Brice D. Gray Deylac commented
I am considering using Smugmug as a gallery, and I am shocked that I can't add sound to the galleries ??
Music, music, music! A wonderful option that would make Smugmug even better. I post my slideshows on the site and direct visitors to them I would love to be able to have them enjoy a slideshow with music. Please make it happen! Thanks.
Kevin Peterson commented
Music makes the world go 'round...and of course awesome photos!
Sarah Jane Muirhead commented
Smugmug please have music as an option. Its difficult trying to make a living so we need all options available. Thanks you.