Music Playlists are posts that group together Music posts into a single post type, allowing Music tracks to be played in a specific order automatically. Since Music posts contain embedded content from either Soundcloud or YouTube, Music Playlists can contain a mix of both Soundcloud and YouTube music tracks.
All the Music Playlists on the site can be found on the Music Playlists archive page.
Search and filter options are provided to narrow down results and each Music Playlist listing shows a featured image, the name and avatar of the user who created the Music Playlist, the number of Songs featured in the Music Playlist and the number of Favourites.
Clicking anywhere on the listing item will take you to single Music Playlist post. Each Music Playlist post is broken down into 3 sections: the Header, The Sidebar and the Content.
THE HEADER– This is a large banner and contains the main information about the Music Playlist.
Cover Image – This is a large background image for the header.
Main Photo – This is the main or featured image of the Music Playlist, framed in a polaroid style border.
Music Playlist Name – This is the name of the Music Playlist.
Author – This is the user who created the Music Playlist. Clicking either their avatar or name will link directly to their profile on the site.
Content Counts – The first block shows a total count of how many Songs are featured in this Music Playlist. The second block shows how many Musicians are featured in this Music Playlist – based on the Musicians linked to the Songs featured in the Music Playlist.
Favourite Button – Click this button to Favourite this Music Playlist. If you’ve already Favourited the Music Playlist, the word ‘Unfavourite’ will show instead and the heart icon will be filled. Click the button again if you want to Unfavourite it.
Favourites Count – This shows how many times the Music Playlist has been Favourited. Clicking the number will open a modal which will list the Fans who Favourited it. You can click the name or avatar of the Fan to go to the their profile.
Views Count – This shows the total number of Views the Music Playlist has received from all users.
Edit Button – Click this button to edit the Music Playlist. A modal will pop up with a form. This is the same form used for adding new Music Playlists, except the fields will already be filled in with the relevant values.
Simply add or change what you want and click the Update button to edit the Music Playlist. You will only see this button if you’re the author of the Music Playlist post.
THE SIDEBAR – The Sidebar contains stat boxes showing how many of certain types of content are featured in this Music Playlist.
The first one shows how many Musicians are featured in this Music Playlist, based on the Musicians linked to the Songs featured in the Music Playlist, along with a count in parenthesis of how many Songs by that Musician have been added to the Music Playlist.
If Characters are also tagged in this Music Playlist (because certain Songs are sung or played by them within the game for example), then a second stat box will list those Characters, along with a count in parenthesis of how many Songs they are featured in.
THE CONTENT – This is the main feature of a Music Playlist page. It includes:
The Playlist – The playlist itself features the following elements:
Player – This is the main window that plays the music content. It takes up half of the playlist on the left side (or top if on mobile).
Playlist Items – This is the listing of the songs featured in the Playlist. Each listing contains:
- Music Thumbnail – This is a small thumbnail of the featured image of the Music post.
- Music Title – This is the title of the Music post. If the title is really long, it is shortened with an ellipsis (…) at the end. Hover over the title and it will scroll to the left, revealing the full title.
- Musician/s – This is the name of the Musician/s of the Music post.
- Play/Pause Button – This will change to either a Play or Pause icon depending on the state of the track.
- Favourites – This is the number of times the Music post has been Favourited, shortened to ‘Favs’.
Playlist Controls – At the bottom are the Playlist Controls. Included is a Previous button to go back to the previous track. A Play/Pause button to Pause or Resume the currently playing track. And a Next button to skip to the next track in the Playlist.
Music Playlists do not play automatically when the page loads and you will see the Playlist in a default state, with the first track item highlighted in an orange frame.
Clicking anywhere within a Playlist item block will start playing that track. A loud speaker icon will display over the thumbnail along with text saying ‘NOW PLAYING’.
Pause icons will be displayed where relevant – within the main Player window (the native Soundcloud or YouTube play buttons), within the Playlist item block of the currently playing track and on the Playlist Controls at the bottom. Click any of these to pause the currently playing track.
All the pause icons will now switch to play icons. A muted speaker icon will display over the thumbnail along with text saying ‘PAUSED’. Click any of these play icons to resume playing the track.
You can Favourite or Unfavourite Music posts in this Playlist, but you can only do so on the currently playing track.
Note that clicking the ‘Favs’ button will actually pause or resume the track depending on its current state.
Below the actual Playlist, there is additional information.
Comments – This will show any comments the have been posted for this Music Playlist, along with a form for submitting new comments.
Featured Characters – This lists any Characters that are featured in this Music Playlist. Clicking the Character’s name will take you to a listing which shows all Music Playlists tagged with that Character. If there are more than 6 Characters featured in this Music Playlist, the extra Characters will be hidden, but you can reveal all the Characters by clicking ‘Show All’.
Featured Games – This lists any Games the Music Playlist is related to. It may be linked to multiple Games if it contains Music from the different Games in the franchise. Clicking the Game’s name will take you to a listing which shows all Music Playlists tagged with that Game.
Collection Tags – This is the relevant Tags for the Music Playlist. It might include the Characters again, the type of content featured in the Music Playlist, or music genres. Clicking the Tag will take you to a listing which shows all Music Playlists related to that Tag.
Social Share Buttons – You can click either the Facebook or Twitter buttons to share this Music Playlist on that social network.