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Auto-Platoon: One of most under used features in MusicMaster? posted on January 14th, 2013

We don’t really keep track, but we believe that Auto-Platoon is one of the most underutilized features in MusicMaster. It is a very powerful tool for the overall rotation of your music, and we just don’t see it used often, or get many questions about how to best utilize it.

If you’re interested in the basics of Auto-Platoon, you should read Marianne Burkett’s primer on the subject. My focus is directed more towards getting you to consider all the ways you can use Auto-Platoon to maximize the potential of your library. (more…)

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The Case for Auto-Platooning posted on April 16th, 2012

By Marianne Burkett

Recently, a client of mine asked me to review his database because he was seeing some erratic rotations.   He explained his programming goals to me, while I inspected his Turnover Analysis, Rules, Histories, Clocks, dayparting and Keyword Maintenance.  This client had gone to extraordinary measures with his clocks and library to ensure specific songs would not come around very often.  He also seemed reluctant to even consider doing things differently.  My hope is that anyone programming with MusicMaster would take a look at Auto-Platooning as an option for moving songs in and out of rotation automatically…and you can schedule these moves by day, week, month or annually.

Auto-Platooning defined:

Platooning is a feature that moves songs automatically between two categories. The songs that have been in the category the longest move out and are rested (move date is used to calculate this), replaced with songs that have been out of rotation. This allows you to have a larger library of songs to choose from, but maintain control over the size of your categories.

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